Meningococcemia (cont.)

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Where can people find more information on meningococcemia?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a good source of information on N. meningitidis and the meningococcal vaccine: http://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/. Travelers should consult their physician and the CDC web site (http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel) for additional information.

What research is being done on meningococcemia?

There is research under way to produce a vaccine that is effective against serogroup B strains of N. meningitidis. This serogroup exists throughout the United States, so a vaccine would be a major advance in reducing the disease burden.

REFERENCES:

Milonovich, L.M. "Meningococcemia: Epidemiology, Pathophysiology, and Management." J Pediatr Health Care 21.2 Mar.-Apr. 2007: 75-80.

Tanzi, Elizabeth L. "Dermatologic Manifestations of Meningococcemia." Medscape.com. Aug. 16, 2011. <http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1052846-overview>.

United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Updated Recommendations for Use of Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccines --- Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), 2010." Morbid Mortal Weekly Rep 60 (2011): 72-76.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/31/2014

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