A cluster of invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) caused by Neisseria meningitidis serogroup W among university students, France, February to May 2017

Publié le 13 Juillet 2017
Mis à jour le 10 Septembre 2019

Between February and May 2017, two cases of invasive meningococcal disease caused by a new, rapidly expanding serogroup W meningococci variant were reported among students of an international university in Paris. Bacteriological investigations showed that isolates shared identical genotypic formula (W:P1.5,2:F1 1:cc11) and belonged to the South American/UK lineage. A vaccination campaign was organised that aimed at preventing new cases linked to potential persistence of the circulation of the bacteria in the students.

Auteur : Bassi C, Taha M, Merle C, Hong E, Levy Bruhl D, Barret A, Mounchetrou Njoya I
Eurosurveillance, 2017, vol. 22, n°. 28, p. pii=30574