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Title: Meningococcal carrier rate before and after hajj pilgrimage: effect of single dose ciprofloxacin on carriage
Authors: Alborzi, A.
Oskoee, S.
Pourabbas, B.
Alborzi, S.
Astaneh, B.
Gooya, M.M.
Kaviani, M.J.
Issue Date: 2008
Language: English
Abstract: We determined the carriage rate of Neisseria meningitidis before and after hajj pilgrimage among a group [1] of 674 randomly selected Iranian pilgrims, and the effect of 500 mg of ciprofloxacin given 24 hours before return on the reduction of meningococcal carriers among another group [2] of 123 randomly selected Iranian pilgrims. Throat specimens taken 1 hour before departure on the hajj and immediately on return were cultured. Carriage rates of N. meningitidis in group 1 were 5.2% before and 4.6% after pilgrimage [P = 0.65]; 3 new serogroups [Z, Z' and A] were identified on return. In group 2, the carriage rate decreased from 8.1% to zero before and after pilgrimage
Description: 277-282
Keywords: Carrier State
Disease Outbreaks
Subject: Neisseria meningitidis
ISSN: 1020-3397
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