A NINE-month-old baby has contracted the invasive meningococcal disease in Adelaide.
The infant is in hospital in a stable condition after being diagnosed with the meningococcal B strain.
Nine people who have been in contact with the baby have been administered clearance antibiotics.
Although the winter and spring months are commonly a higher risk for the disease, SA Health officials say there is no increased health risk to the public.
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So far this year, 14 people have been diagnosed with meningococcal disease in South Australia.
Eight of the 14 cases have been B strain, four have been identified as the W strain and two have been Y.
In April this year sadly a SA toddler died from a suspected case of meningococcal disease.
93 percent of Australian parents believe that they know what meningococcal disease is, however on average nearly a third of Australian parents (28%) are not fully aware of the facts about the disease.
A national awareness campaign #KnowMeningococcal is launching in partnership with Kyly Clarke – mum to Kelsey Lee and wife of Aussie Cricket legend Michael Clarke – to encourage parents to know more about the devastating and potentially life-threatening bacterial infection.
3 Aussie families have recently shared their horrifying experience with meningococcal – read their stories here.
We hope the little one makes a speedy recovery. Please be aware of the symptoms so you can protect your loved ones.
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