W135 invasive meningococcal infections imported from Sub-Saharan Africa to France, January to April 2012.
Authors: Parent du Chatelet I,Barboza P,Taha MK,
Address: French Institute for Public Health Surveillance-Institut de Veille Sanitaire-InVS, Saint-Maurice, France. firstname.lastname@example.org
Journal: Euro Surveill.
Publication: 2012 May 24;17(21). pii: 20181.
from January to April 2012, 16 cases of W135 invasive meningococcal infection were reported in France. Of these, eight were linked to a recent travel history to Sub-Saharan Africa. These cases were reported in France concomitantly with the meningitis epidemic season in Sub-Saharan Africa. Considering the high number of travellers between France and West-African countries belonging to the so-called meningitis belt, the French recommendations for travellers stress the importance of vaccination before travelling to these countries.
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