Meningococcal W Disease

This page contains information regarding Meningococcal W disease for the public and health professionals.

Page last updated: 03 April 2017

The number of cases of invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) due to serogroup W (MenW) has been increasing across most jurisdictions in Australia since 2013. Due to this, the Commonwealth Department of Health, in collaboration with the states and territories, is closely monitoring the incidence of MenW in Australia in accordance with the Emergency Response Plan for Communicable Disease Incidents of National Significance (CDPlan).

The Chief Medical Officer of Australia has established a group with a focus on examining the current epidemiology and co-ordinating responses to MenW at the national level.

Notifications of IMD by serogroup and rates, Australia, 2002 to 2017*

Note: Other includes where meningococcal isolates could not be identified (‘not groupable’), other isolates not grouped and where serogroup was not known.
*Data extracted from the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System on 17 February 2017.

Invasive Meningococcal W Disease National Surveillance Reports

February 2017

January 2017

December 2016

Meningococcal W Disease - Information

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