Monitoring Meningococcal W Disease – new web page
The number of cases of invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) due to serogroup W (MenW) has been increasing across most jurisdictions in Australia in 2016. 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.
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. This group has established a MenW webpage. This page is now live, and includes information about MenW for health professionals and the public, and the monthly surveillance report. This webpage is located on the communicable disease information page on the Health website and can be accessed here.