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Epidemiology of Nasopharyngeal Carriage of <i>Neisseria meningitidis</i> in Healthy Dutch Children

D. Bogaert, P. W. M. Hermans, H. Boelens, M. Sluijter, A. Luijendijk, H. C. Rümke, S. Koppen, A. van Belkum, R. de Groot and H. A. Verbrugh

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 40, issue 6, pages 899-902
Published in print March 2005 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online March 2005 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/428351
Epidemiology of Nasopharyngeal Carriage of Neisseria meningitidis in Healthy Dutch Children

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We investigated the prevalence and determinants of nasopharyngeal carriage of Neisseria meningitidis in 3200 healthy children aged 1–19 years. The incidence of meningococcal carriage was, on average, 1.5%. Peak incidences were seen at age 1 year and after age 15 years. The independent determinants of meningococcal carriage included age, regular visits to youth clubs (odds ratio [OR], 2.2) and discotheques (OR, 4.3), and pneumococcal carriage (OR, 4.1).

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

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