Prevalence of Neisseria meningitidis carriage: a small-scale survey in Istanbul, Turkey


KEPENEKLİ KADAYİFCİ E. , Merdan D. , Soysal A., Karaaslan A., Atici S., Durmaz R., ...More

JOURNAL OF INFECTION IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES, vol.10, no.4, pp.413-417, 2016 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 10 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.3855/jidc.7483
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF INFECTION IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
  • Page Numbers: pp.413-417
  • Keywords: Neisseria meningitidis, meningococcal carriage, oropharyngeal carriage, healthy subjects, Istanbul, Turkey, BACTERIAL-MENINGITIS, MENINGOCOCCAL MENINGITIS, DISEASE, CHILDREN

Abstract

Introduction: The human nasopharynx is the main reservoir of Neisseria meningitidis, and asymptomatic carriage is common. N. meningitidis one of the common causes of bacterial meningitis in Turkey, especially after the implementation of the national immunization program that includes conjugated pneumococcal and Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccines. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of meningococcal carriage and determine the leading serogroup, which may help authorities to adapt appropriate meningococal vaccine into the national immunization programme.