Disease that left seven-month-old critical

A baby girl has been left in a critical condition in hospital, diagnosed with a rare disease.

A seven-month-old baby girl is in a critical condition, diagnosed with “invasive” meningococcal disease.

The child from metropolitan Adelaide has been admitted to hospital with the serotype W strain.

A number of people who were in close contact with the girl have been identified, which has led to seven people needing to take antibiotics.

SA Health on Tuesday said the other contacts were provided health information.

So far this year 11 cases of meningococcal have been reported in the state.

There were only five cases reported by the same time last year.

Meningococcal infection is caused by a bacterium. There are 13 different types of the disease. The most common in Australia are types B and W.

Those with a severe infection can have meningitis, being the inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord, septicaemia, which is an infection of the blood, joint or eye infections, pneumonia or a rash.

While meningococcal is most common in children under five years of age and in young adults aged 15 to 24 years, it can affect all age groups.

Infants and young children can have a number of symptoms that include tiny red or purple spots that quickly spread and enlarge to look like fresh bruises, pale or blotchy skin or an abnormal skin colour, as well as cold hands and feet.

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