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Volume 24, Number 11—November 2018

Emergence of Neisseria meningitidis Serogroup W, Central African Republic, 2015–2016

Thierry Frank, Eva Hong, Jean-Robert Mbecko, Jean-Pierre Lombart, Muhamed-Kheir Taha1, and Pierre-Alain Rubbo1Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: Institut Pasteur, Bangui, Central African Republic (T. Frank, J.-R. Mbecko, J.-P. Lombart, P.-A. Rubbo); Institut Pasteur, Paris, France (E. Hong, M.-K. Taha)

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Details of suspected and confirmed meningitis cases caused by Neisseria meningitidis during the 2015 and 2016 outbreaks in Central African Republic*

Data 2015 2016
Suspected cases, no. 120 156
CSF samples tested, no. (%) 20 (17) 60 (39)
Median age (IQR), mo 60 (36–162) 66 (21–186)
Sex ratio, M/F
Clinical data, no. (%)
Fever ND† 58 (97)
Weakness/asthenia ND† 51 (85)
Neck stiffness ND† 47 (78)
13 (11)
12 (8)
Laboratory results, no. (% samples received)

Positive NmW culture
11 (55)
41 (68)
Positive NmW PCR 20 (100) 46 (77)

*CSF, cerebrospinal fluid; IQR, interquartile range; ND, not determined; NmW, N. meningitidis serogroup W.
†Clinical information is missing for suspected cases during the 2015 epidemics.

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1These authors contributed equally to this article.

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