SA Health advice after meningococcal case confirmed by Fleurieu Peninsula football club

SA Health has issued advice after a local footy club member was struck with meningococcal. Photo: File.
SA Health has issued advice after a local footy club member was struck with meningococcal. Photo: File.

Health advice has been issued to the public after a Fleurieu football club member was diagnosed with an invasive case of meningococcal.

On February 20, the Encounter Bay Football Club posted on its official Facebook page that a club member was in hospital receiving treatment for the disease.

SA Health confirmed a boy from country SA was in a stable condition and people who had been in contact with him had been identified, with 13 people directed to receive clearance antibiotics.

According to SA Health, meningococcal is a severe infection caused by the meningococcus which can lead to meningitis, septicaemia, joint infection, eye infection, pneumonia, and/or a rash.

It can affect anyone of any age, but is more common in children under five years and young adults aged 15 to 24. 

Symptoms in infants and young children include:

  • fever
  • refusing to take feeds
  • fretfulness
  • child difficult to wake
  • high-pitched or moaning cry
  • tiny red or purple spots that soon spread and enlarge to look like fresh bruises
  • pale or blotchy skin
  • abnormal skin colour
  • leg pain
  • cold hands and feet

Symptoms in older children and adults include:

  • headache
  • fever
  • vomiting
  • neck stiffness
  • photophobia
  • drowsiness or confusion
  • tiny red or purple spots that soon spread and enlarge to look like fresh bruises
  • collapse
  • joint pains

SA Health urged anyone to seek urgent medical attention if they developed any symptoms of meningococcal disease.

This case is the fourth reported invasive meningococcal disease case in SA this year.