Woman, 101, dies after contracting meningococcal


A 101-year-old woman has died after contracting the first case of meningococcal disease in South Australia this year.

The woman, from rural South Australia, had come down with the W strain, The Advertiser reports.

Twelve people who had been in contact with the elderly woman before she died have been given antibiotics as a precaution, SA Health confirmed.

2018 saw a spate of meningococcal deaths across Australia.

A 3D microscope close up of meningitis bacteria, also known as meningococcus. Source: File/Getty
A 3D microscope close up of meningitis bacteria, also known as meningococcus. Source: File/Getty

A total of 34 cases of meningococcal disease were reported last year in South Australia alone.

The B strain accounted for 27 diagnoses, with four of the W strain and three of the Y strain detected.

In the Northern Territory , a woman in her 30s died less than 24 hours after being admitted to Royal Darwin Hospital on New Year’s Eve.

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