Revista de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1518-8787
BARROSO, David E.; CARVALHO, Diana M. de; NOGUEIRA, Susie A. and SOLARI, Claude A.. Meningococcal disease: epidemiology and control of secondary cases. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 1998, vol.32, n.1, pp. 89-97. ISSN 1518-8787. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89101998000100014.
Epidemiological features of meningococcal disease described as from the second half of the 80's inclusive, have motivated a revision of current guidelines for sporadic disease and outbreak control. The increase of disease among teenagers and linked cases involving schools are the two most significant aspects that have prompted the revision of control measures. Vaccination routines and advice for the disease management of clusters are also relevant features recently revised. This present paper describes the management and some epidemiological features of secondary cases.
Keywords : Meningitis; meningococcal; epidemiology; Neisseria meningitidis; Chemoprevention.