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Volume 9, Number 1—January 2003

Dispatch

Persistence of W135 Neisseria meningitidis Carriage in Returning Hajj Pilgrims: Risk for Early and Late Transmission to Household Contacts

Annelies Wilder-Smith*1Comments to Author , Timothy M.S. Barkham*2, Sindhu Ravindran*3, Arul Earnest*4, and Nicholas I. Paton*5

Author affiliations: *Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore

Main Article

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Results of serial tonsillopharyngeal swab specimens from returning Hajj pilgrims and their household contacts. A pilgrim carrier is a returning pilgrim with tonsillopharyngeal carriage of the W135 clone; a contact carrier is a household contact of a pilgrim carrier and carries the W135 clone.

Figure. Results of serial tonsillopharyngeal swab specimens from returning Hajj pilgrims and their household contacts. A pilgrim carrier is a returning pilgrim with tonsillopharyngeal carriage of the W135 clone; a contact carrier is a household contact of a pilgrim carrier and carries the W135 clone.

Main Article

1Originated the study idea; was responsible for study design, data collection, analysis, and interpretation; and wrote the final manuscript.

2Was responsible for the meningococcal cultures, serogrouping, and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), and contributed to the manuscript.

3Performed PFGE and made other contributions to the manuscript.

4Was responsible for data entry and statistical analysis.

5Contributed to the study design and data interpretation, and co-wrote the final manuscript.

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