Critical Episodes in the Understanding and Control of Epidemic Meningococcal Meningitis

Epidemic meningococcal meningitis continues to be an important worldwide cause of morbidity and mortality, especially in developing countries. Throughout its history, a number of "critical episodes" have occurred that have enhanced understanding of the disease and allowed for its potential control. This article, published in Vaccine, reviews three such "episodes": the first effective treatment for the disease; the development of the first effective meningococcal vaccine; and the description of its epidemiology in sub-Saharan Africa, where the majority of epidemic meningococcal disease continues to occur. These historical "episodes" have informed current strategies that may lead to eventual control of epidemic meningococcal meningitis. ABSTRACT ONLY. (Learn how users in developing countries can gain free access to journal articles.)

Author(s): Artenstein AW, LaForce FM

Published: 2012

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    Citation: Artenstein AW, LaForce FM. Critical Episodes in the Understanding and Control of Epidemic Meningococcal Meningitis. Vaccine. 2012. Article in press.