Comparison of Serogroup W-135 Meningococci Isolated in Sweden during a 23-Year Period and Those Associated with a Recent Hajj Pilgrimag
2001 (English)In: Journal of Clinical Microbiology, ISSN 0095-1137, E-ISSN 1098-660X, Vol. 39, no 7, 2695-2699 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
An outbreak of serogroup W-135 meningococcal disease was reported among pilgrims returning from the annual hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca) in mid-March 2000. Molecular characterization was used to investigate the similarity of the hajj-associated W-135 strains with those isolated in Sweden during a 23-year period (1978 to 2000). The same hajj-associated genosubtype, genosubtype P1.5,2,36b, has been documented in Sweden since 1979, while pulsed-field gel electrophoresis and the sulfadiazine resistance of the W-135 isolates indicated that the outbreak was probably due to a new clone of W-135 meningococci.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2001. Vol. 39, no 7, 2695-2699 p.
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-25865DOI: 10.1128/JCM.39.7.2695-2699.2001Local ID: 10302OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-25865DiVA: diva2:246413