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WA child diagnosed with meningococcal disease

A WA child has been diagnosed with meningococcal disease and is recovering at home, health authorities have confirmed.

It marks the 14th case reported in the State so far this year and at least eighth child to contract the life-threatening illness.

Of the 14 cases in WA this year, nine were serogroup B, three were serogroup W and two were serogroup Y.

The recent case detected in the child was deemed serogroup B.

It was the same invasive strain that claimed the life of a 36-year-old man from Adelaide at his home, South Australian Health officials confirmed on Friday.

The man’s death came just two months after a two-year-old child from regional SA died from the disease.

The life-threatening illness is caused by a bacterial infection of the blood and/or the membranes that line the spinal cord and brain, and occasionally the throat, lungs or large joints.

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