Year Old Hospitalised With Meningococcal

Year Old Hospitalised With Meningococcal

A 2 year old boy remains in a serious condition in hospital after contracting Meningococcal.

The 29-year-old from metropolitan Adelaide was admitted to hospital on Thursday in a stable condition.

They've urged 64 people who came into contact with the toddler to take antibiotics as a precaution.

Health officials are now contacting the families of children at a childcare centre in Para Vista in the city's north after the two-year-old fell ill with the disease.

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Of the 24 cases, 19 have been the B strain, three the W strain and one the Y strain, with the latest case yet to be identified.

The meningococcal bacteria seen under a microscope.

A further 20 percent are left with permanent disabilities ranging from learning difficulties, and sight and hearing problems, to organ failure, loss of fingers, toes, and limbs and significant scarring.

It comes after the SA government's free meningococcal B vaccinations program for children aged between six months to under four years started on Monday.

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