Presentation with gastrointestinal symptoms and high case fatality associated with group W meningococcal disease (MenW) in teenagers, England, July 2015 to January 2016

Helen Campbell, Sydel R. Parikh, Raymond Borrow, Edward Kaczmarski, Mary Ramsay, Shamez Ladhani

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Abstract

Atypical clinical presentations associated with group W meningococcal disease (MenW) are well-described and include pneumonia, septic arthritis, endocarditis and epiglottitis/supraglottitis. Following anecdotal reports of teenagers presenting with predominantly gastrointestinal symptoms, we undertook a case review of MenW cases in 15 to 19 year-olds diagnosed in England between July 2015 and January 2016. Of the 15 cases, seven presented with a short history of nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea; five of these seven cases died within 24 hours of presentation to hospital.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEurosurveillance
Volume21
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Mar 2016

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