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Outbreak of Meningococcal Disease after an Influenza B Epidemic at a Hellenic Air Force Recruit Training Center

Polyzois Makras, Stella Alexiou-Daniel, Antonios Antoniadis and Dimitrios Hatzigeorgiou

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 33, issue 6, pages e48-e50
Published in print September 2001 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online September 2001 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/322609
Outbreak of Meningococcal Disease after an Influenza B Epidemic at a Hellenic Air Force Recruit Training Center

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In January 1996, during an outbreak of meningococcal disease at a Hellenic Air Force recruit center in southernGreece, we collected paired serum specimens from 55 randomly selected recruits and tested for antibodies against influenza virus types A and B. Of 55 specimens, 15 (27%) were found to be positive for recent influenza B infection, confirming previous reports that respiratory tract infection due to influenza is probably a predisposing factor for meningococcal disease.

Journal Article.  1496 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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