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Volume 13, Number 6—June 2007

Dispatch

Meningitis Serogroup W135 Outbreak, Burkina Faso, 2002

Nicolas Nathan*1, Angela M.C. Rose*, Dominique Legros*, Sylvestre R.M. Tiendrebeogo†, Catherine Bachy*, Egil Bjørløw‡§, Peter Firmenich¶, Philippe J. Guerin*Comments to Author , and Dominique A. Caugant§#

Author affiliations: *Epicentre, Paris, France; †Ministry of Health, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; ‡European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training, Oslo, Norway; §Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, Norway; ¶Médecins sans Frontières, Bereldange, Luxembourg; #World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Meningococci, Oslo, Norway;

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Table 2

Characteristics of patients with confirmed cases of infection with Neisseria meningitidis W135, Pissy District, Burkina Faso, Apr–May 2002 (n = 31)

Characteristic No. (%)
Age group, y
  <1 1 (3)
  1–4 16 (52)
  5–14 13 (42)
  15–30 1 (3)
Male sex 19 (61)
Symptom onset, d*
  <1 2 (7)
  1–2 18 (60)
  3–4 10 (33)
Received antimicrobial drug† 25 (89)
Temperature, °C*
  <38 8 (27)
  38.1–39.9 12 (40)
  >40 10 (33)
Other clinical signs
  Headache 21 (70)
  Vomiting 22 (73)
  Anorexia 22 (73)
  Stiff neck 16 (53)
  Fever, stiff neck, and headache 10 (33)

*Data missing for 1 case-patient.
†Data missing for 3 case-patients.

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1Deceased.

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