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Volume 9, Number 10—October 2003

Dispatch

Saliva and Meningococcal Transmission

Hilary J. Orr*, Steve J. Gray†, Mary Macdonald‡, and James M. Stuart*1Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *Health Protection Agency (South West), Gloucester, England, UK; †Meningococcal Reference Unit, Manchester, England, UK; ‡County Hospital, Hereford, England, UK

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Table

Carriage of Neisseria meningitidis by sitea

Site of swab One site positive Two sites positive Three sites positive Total positive Overall carriage %
Nasopharynx
39
44
0
83
32.2
Tonsils
6
44
0
50
19.4
Saliva 1 0 0 1 0.4

a(n=258).
1H.O. was responsible for recruiting students, obtaining specimens, swabs, and drafting the paper with J.S.; S.G. and M.M. were responsible for microbiologic processing and analysis; and J.S. designed the study and drafted the paper with H.O. All authors contributed to the final draft.

Main Article

1H.O. was responsible for recruiting students, obtaining specimens, swabs, and drafting the paper with J.S.; S.G. and M.M. were responsible for microbiologic processing and analysis; and J.S. designed the study and drafted the paper with H.O. All authors contributed to the final draft.

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