Oropharyngeal carriage of meningococcus in Portugal by group and clonal complex 6 years after adolescent vaccine campaign

Fernanda Rodrigues, Begonia Morales-Aza, Hannah Christensen, Jessica Giles, Muriel Ferreira, Paulina Sikora, Ines Madanelo, Jay Lucidarme, Luis Januário, Adam Finn

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Abstract

Portugal introduced (2+1) conjugate Meningococcal group C vaccine in 2006 with high coverage catch up to 18 years and has given only 1 dose at 1 year since 2012. Among 601 student oropharyngeal swabs, meningococcal carriage rate was 13.3% (A-0%, B-5.3%, C-0.3%, W-0.2%, X-0.2% and Y-1.7%). C and W strains were of potentially disease-causing clonal complexes (cc) but not the hyperinvasive cc11.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1267-1269
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Volume34
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Carriage
  • Neisseria meningitidis
  • Vaccine
  • Young adults

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