Epidemiological and Molecular Characterization of Invasive Meningococcal Disease in Italy, 2008/09-2012/13

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From: PLoS ONE(Vol. 10, Issue 10)
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Document Type: Report
Length: 4,476 words
Lexile Measure: 1360L

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Background Following the introduction of meningococcal serogroup C conjugate vaccine in Italy in 2005, changes in the epidemiology of Invasive Meningococcal Disease (IMD) were expected. The study aims were to describe the epidemiological trend and to characterize the isolates collected during the period 2008/09-2012/13 by multilocus sequence typing (MLST). Data on laboratory confirmed meningococcal diseases from National Surveillance System of IMD were reported. Methods Poisson regression models were used to estimate the incidence rate over time. Serogrouping and MLST were performed following published methods. Results The incidence rate of laboratory confirmed meningococcal disease decreased from 0.33 per 100,000 population in 2008/09 to 0.25 per 100,000 population in 2012/13. The serogroup B incidence rate was significantly higher (p Conclusions IMD incidence declined in Italy and serogroup B caused most of the IMD cases, with infants having the highest risk of disease. Continued surveillance is needed to provide information concerning further changes in circulating meningococci with special regard to serogroup distribution. Moreover, knowledge of meningococcal genotypes is essential to detect hyper-invasive strains.

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A430945912