Meningococcal disease

Meningococcal disease is caused by the bacterium Neisseria meningitidis. The bacterium is often detected in the nasopharynx without causing disease, a situation described as asymptomatic carriage. The bacteria occasionally invade the body and cause meningococcal infection, which is an acute severe bacterial infection. Invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) is a major cause of meningitis and septicaemia. The disease often has a rapid progression, with an 8–15% case-fatality ratio. The highest incidence occurs in young children, with a second disease peak among adolescents and young adults. 

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Communicable disease threats report, 5 - 11 September, week 36

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Rapid risk assessment: Public health risks related to communicable diseases during the hajj 2019, Saudi Arabia, 9–14 August 2019

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Invasive meningococcal disease - Annual Epidemiological Report for 2017

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Invasive meningococcal disease - Annual Epidemiological Report for 2016

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Communicable disease threats report, 4-10 February 2018, week 6

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Peer-Reviewed Publication

No consistent increased mortality risk for females compared to males in invasive meningococcal disease in the European Surveillance System (TESSy)

Jan 2018

Peer-Reviewed Publication

The epidemiology of invasive meningococcal disease in EU/EEA countries, 2004–2014

Jan 2017

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Strong Public Health Recommendations from Weak Evidence? Lessons Learned in Developing Guidance on the Public Health Management of Meningococcal Disease

Nov 2015

Peer-Reviewed Publication

European risk assessment guidance for infectious diseases transmitted on aircraft - the RAGIDA project

Apr 2011

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European Invasive Bacterial Disease Surveillance Network (EU-IBD)

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EU/EEA National Immunisation Technical Advisory Groups (NITAG) collaboration