Journal article

Clinical manifestations of invasive meningococcal disease in Victoria with the emergence of serogroup W and serogroup Y Neisseria meningitidis

Michael T Birrell, Janet Strachan, Natasha E Holmes, Kerrie Stevens, Benjamin P Howden, Lucinda J Franklin, Mihaela Ivan, Jason C Kwong

Internal Medicine Journal | WILEY | Published : 2021


BACKGROUND: Historically, Australian cases of invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) have been most frequently caused by Neisseria meningitidis serogroup B, but recently an increase in cases due to serogroup W (MenW) and serogroup Y (MenY) has occurred. AIM: To determine whether clinical manifestations of IMD have changed due to increased incidence of MenW and MenY. METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of IMD cases notified to the Department of Health and Human Services in Victoria, Australia. We compared the period between January 2013 and June 2015 (defined as P1) immediately before the increase in MenW and MenY was noted, with the equal time period of July 2015 to December 2017 (P2)..

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