20 June 2018 - 2Recent increase in Salmonella Havana cases
The Communicable Disease Control Branch (CDCB) has identified a recent marked
increase in cases of Salmonella Havana with 21 cases reported since 1st June 2018.
This exceeds the expected number of cases per month (average less than one per month)
and seven cases (33%) have been hospitalised. Cases are from both rural South Australia
and metropolitan Adelaide. Affected persons range in age from 22 years to 87 years,
with a median age of 64 years.
This outbreak is associated with South Australian grown alfalfa sprouts produced by Adelaide
business SA Sprouts which are the subject of a product recall, see
01 June 2018 - 2018 Meningococcal Season Reminder
Invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) should be considered in the differential diagnosis of any
systemic febrile illness in any age group.
- A rash is not always present, especially in the early stages of the disease.
Early recognition, immediate empirical treatment with parenteral benzylpenicillin or ceftriaxone, and
urgent transfer to hospital can be life-saving.
Most South Australian cases are serogroup B, but W and Y cases have increased in Australia
across all ages, including Aboriginal children, and in some cases have had atypical presentations.
- Urgent notification to the CDCB on suspicion of IMD is vital for a timely public health response.