Serogroup W135 Meningococcal Disease, The Gambia, 2012

This article, published in Emerging Infectious Diseases, reports on a 2012 outbreak of Neisseria meningitidis serogroup W135 which occurred in The Gambia. The attack rate was highest among young children. The associated risk factors were male sex, contact with meningitis patients, and difficult breathing. The authors of the article conclude that enhanced surveillance facilitates early epidemic detection, and a multi-serogroup conjugate vaccine could reduce meningococcal epidemics in The Gambia.

Author(s): Hossain MJ, Roca A, Mackenzie GA, et al.

Published: 2013

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    Citation: Hossain MJ, Roca A, Mackenzie GA, et al. Serogroup W135 Meningococcal Disease, The Gambia, 2012. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2013;19(9):1507-1510.