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Clin Infect Dis. 2005 Mar 15;40(6):899-902. Epub 2005 Feb 18.

Epidemiology of nasopharyngeal carriage of Neisseria meningitidis in healthy Dutch children.

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Department of Pediatrics, Sophia Children's Hospital of Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Abstract

We investigated the prevalence and determinants of nasopharyngeal carriage of Neisseria meningitidis in 3200 healthy children aged 1-19 years. The incidence of meningococcal carriage was, on average, 1.5%. Peak incidences were seen at age 1 year and after age 15 years. The independent determinants of meningococcal carriage included age, regular visits to youth clubs (odds ratio [OR], 2.2) and discotheques (OR, 4.3), and pneumococcal carriage (OR, 4.1).

PMID:
15736029
DOI:
10.1086/428351
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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