Files in This Item:
No electronic version is available yet.
Contact WHO IRIS
Title: Patterns of meningococcal infection in Sudan with emergence of Neisseria meningitidis serogroup W135
Authors: Karsany, M.S.
Elshayeb, A.A.
Saeed, E.S.
Elaagib, R.
Ibrahim, S.A.
Hussien, K.
Salih, K.M.
Issue Date: 2013
Language: English
Abstract: This study was conducted during the 2004-2006 epidemic of meningitis in Sudan to follow-up the frequency of disease outbreak or endemic waves and to evaluate the new quadrivalent vaccine for actual application. Samples were collected from Darfur, El Gedaref, Kassala and Khartoum States and transported to the National Health Central Laboratory in Khartoum. Of 196 patients with clinical symptoms and signs of meningitis, conventional culture identified Neisseria meningitidis in 37 [18.9%], confirmed by polymerase chain reaction. N. meningitidis type A was identified in 29 [78.4%] patients, type C in 3 [8.1%] and N. meningitidis W135 in 5 [15.5%]. The serotyping and molecular diagnosis patterns of N. meningitidis showed the emergence of the new strain,W 135, in patients from the borders of Sudan, 3 from the West Darfur, and 1 each from El Gedaref and Kassala. These could be related to the movement of pilgrims through the borders to Saudi Arabia in the Hajj season. Serious consideration may be needed for quadrivalent vaccination to prevent seasonal and Hajj season outbreaks
Description: 843-846
ISSN: 1020-3397
Other Identifiers: 
Appears in Collections:EMRO Journal Articles (EMHJ)

Items in WHO IRIS are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.