Global Meningococcal Initiative: guidelines for diagnosis and confirmation of invasive meningococcal disease

J. A. Vázquez*, M. K. Taha, Jamie Findlow, S. Gupta, Raymond Borrow

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Abstract

The Global Meningococcal Initiative (GMI) is an international group of scientists and clinicians with recognized expertise in meningococcal disease including microbiology, immunology, epidemiology, public health and vaccinology. The GMI was established to promote the global prevention of meningococcal disease through education, research and international cooperation. The GMI held its second summit meeting in 2013 to discuss the different aspects of existing meningococcal immunization programmes and surveillance systems. Laboratory confirmation and characterization were identified as essential for informing evidence-based vaccine implementation decisions. The relative merits of different confirmatory methodologies and their applications in different resource settings were a key component of the discussions. This paper summarizes the salient issues discussed, with special emphasis on the recommendations made and any deficiencies that were identified.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3052-3057
Number of pages6
JournalEpidemiology and Infection
Volume144
Issue number14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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© Cambridge University Press 2016.

Keywords

  • Diagnosis
  • GMI
  • Meningitis
  • Meningococcal disease

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