An unusual transmission event of Neisseria meningitidis serogroup W135 type 2a in a healthcare setting, England, 2012

Richard Puleston, Charles Beck, M. Tahir, M. Bardhan, P. Charlemagne, C. Alves, Shamez Ladhani, C. Watson, Mary Ramsay, E. Kaczmarksi, Raymond Borrow, S. Gray, D. Hadlington, M. Weinbren, D. Bhattacharjee, N. Inglis

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    Abstract

    We report an outbreak of Neisseria meningitidis serogroup W135, associated with a transient transmission event between asymptomatic individuals in a healthcare setting. Two elderly persons subsequently developed invasive meningococcal disease. The duration and type of close contact for those directly involved in the probable transmission incident would not have warranted chemoprophylaxis according to current guidelines. Meningococcal infection in older persons usually presents with pneumonia rather than meningitis or septicaemia with purpura.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalEurosurveillance
    Volume17
    Issue number44
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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