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Volume 12, Number 6—June 2006
Research

Social Behavior and Meningococcal Carriage in British Teenagers

Jenny MacLennan*, George Kafatos†, Keith Neal‡, Nick Andrews†, J. Claire Cameron§, Richard Roberts¶, Meirion R. Evans#, Kathy Cann**, David N. Baxter††, Martin C.J. Maiden*, James M. Stuart‡‡Comments to Author , and on behalf of the United Kingdom Meningococcal Carriage Group
Author affiliations: *University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom; †Health Protection Agency, London, United Kingdom; ‡University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom; §Health Protection Services Scotland, Glasgow, United Kingdom; ¶Health Protection Team (North Wales), Mold, United Kingdom; #Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom; **Thames Valley Local Health Protection Unit, Aylesbury, United Kingdom; ††St Thomas' Hospital, Stockport, United Kingdom; ‡‡Health Protection Agency Southwest, Stonehouse, United Kingdom

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Table 1

Sample characteristics by study center, UK Meningococcal Carriage Study, 1999

Center Swabs
No. swabs by student's sex
No. swabs by school year
No. schools visited by type
Plating method
n No. analyzed M F 12 13 Other Compre-
hensive Independent/
grammar Sixth form college Further education college
Bangor 972 971 439 532 529 344 94 3 0 0 3 Direct
Cardiff 1,718 1,712 829 883 916 692 102 7 0 1 1 Direct
Glasgow 2,896 2,896 1,317 1,499 1,823 1,073 0 20 2 0 0 Indirect
Nottingham 1,685 1,654 848 806 659 475 489 1 3 5 0 Direct
Oxford 2,398 2,391 1,175 1,216 1,239 822 309 7 0 0 4 Direct
Plymouth 1,394 1,389 688 701 585 437 366 9 4 0 1 Indirect
Stockport 3,011 2,906 1,598 1,408 1,514 1,023 320 0 0 3 0 Indirect
Total 14,074 13,919 6,874 7,045 7,265 4,866 1,680 47 9 9 9

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1United Kingdom Meningococcal Carriage Group: S. Ahmed, D.A.A. Ala'aldeen, N. Andrews, R.A. Barnes, D.N. Baxter, J.C. Cameron, K. Cann, A.D. Carr, D. Casey, M. Clacher, S.C. Clarke, D.W. Crook, R. Cunningham, K.T. Dunkin, M.R. Evans, S. Gray, D. Griffiths, S. Harrison, E.B. Kaczmarski, G. Kafatos, J.S. Kroll, Y.K. Lau, G. Lewendon, C. Lewis, J.M. MacLennan, M.C.J. Maiden, P. Marks, R. Mathews, J. Murray, K. Neal, A. Paull, M.E. Ramsay, C. Roberts, J.M. Stuart, D. Turner, R. Urwin, A.M. Walker, S. Welch.

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