Outbreak of Neisseria meningitidis capsular group W among scouts returning from the World Scout Jamboree, Japan, 2015

Smith-Palmer, A. et al. (2016) Outbreak of Neisseria meningitidis capsular group W among scouts returning from the World Scout Jamboree, Japan, 2015. Eurosurveillance, 21(45), 30392. (doi: 10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2016.21.45.30392)

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Abstract

The 23rd World Scout Jamboree was held in Japan from 28 July to 8 August 2015 and was attended by over 33,000 scouts from 162 countries. An outbreak of invasive meningococcal disease capsular group W was investigated among participants, with four confirmed cases identified in Scotland, who were all associated with one particular scout unit, and two confirmed cases in Sweden; molecular testing showed the same strain to be responsible for illness in both countries. The report describes the public health action taken to prevent further cases and the different decisions reached with respect to how wide to extend the offer of chemoprophylaxis in the two countries; in Scotland, chemoprophylaxis was offered to the unit of 40 participants to which the four cases belonged and to other close contacts of cases, while in Sweden chemoprophylaxis was offered to all those returning from the Jamboree. The report also describes the international collaboration and communication required to investigate and manage such multinational outbreaks in a timely manner.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McMenamin, Dr Jim and Smith, Professor Andrew and Ahmed, Dr Syed
Authors: Smith-Palmer, A., Oates, K., Webster, D., Taylor, S., Scott, K.J., Smith, G., Parcell, B., Lindstrand, A., Wallensten, A., Fredlund, H., Widerström, M., McMenamin, J., Cameron, C., Ahmed, S., Murdoch, H., Schofield, J., McCormick, D., MacDonald, L., Lindsay, D., Smith, A., Ure, R., Tissington, A., Wares, J., Lim, C., Denvir, L., Ramsey, M., MacInnes, I., Tonna, I., Johnston, J., Irvine, N., Mandal, S., and Smith, G.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Dental School
Journal Name:Eurosurveillance
Publisher:European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
ISSN:1560-7917
ISSN (Online):1025-496X
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 The Authors
First Published:First published in Eurosurveillance 21(45):30392
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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