Two-year-old boy in hospital with meningococcal disease

A young boy in Adelaide is in a serious condition in hospital and there are fears for dozens of others after a meningococcal diagnosis.

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

So far 64 people have been urged to take antibiotics as a precautionary measure.

SA Health is working with officials from a Para Vista Childcare Centre where the boy attended, to contact staff and families. His strain of meningococcal it's not yet known, the department says.

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Meningococcal disease is an acute bacterial infection that can cause death within hours if it's not recognised and treated in time.

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.

Although the majority of victims go on to make a full recovery, 10 percent of those infected will die.

It comes just days after a free B-strain vaccine was offered to kids aged 6 weeks to 4 years old.

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