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 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.