Notifications of invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) usually increase in winter and spring. The age distribution of IMD cases shows peaks in children <5 years and young adults aged 15-24 years. In South Australia, serogroup B is the predominant strain causing IMD.
Since January 2015, 4 cases of IMD have been notified. A total of 32 cases were notified in 2014 and 20 cases in 2013.
The Communicable Disease Control Branch (CDCB) must be notified urgently by phoning 1300 232 272 (24 hrs/7 days) when IMD is suspected. Do not wait for laboratory confirmation.
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