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meningococcal meningitis

Ali Bilal, Muhamed-Kheir Taha, Laurence Caeymaex, Robert Cohen, Corinne Levy, Xavier Durrmeyer
Among 831 cases of neonatal bacterial meningitis occurring from 2001 to 2013, Neisseria meningitidis was the third most frequent bacterial species found. All cases occurred only in term neonates and were mainly late onset. Serogroup B accounted for 78% of cases. At diagnosis, 27% of cases had at least one sign of disease severity. All strains were susceptible to cefotaxime, but 12% showed intermediate susceptibility to penicillin G and to aminopenicillin.
November 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Monique T Barakat, Kiran Gajurel, Katrina Fischer, Kathryn Stevens, Errol Ozdalga, José G Montoya
The clinical spectrum of Neisseria meningitidis can range from nasopharyngeal colonization to life-threatening invasive diseases such as meningitis. However, its etiologic role in invasive pyomyositis (PM) has never been reported before in the English language. In this study, we report the first case of PM in the English language and the second case in the literature caused by N meningitidis.
September 2016: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
Sabrina B Roberts, Russell Spencer-Smith, Mahwish Shah, Jean-Christophe Nebel, Richard T Cook, Lori A S Snyder
Neisseria gonorrhoeae is capable of causing gonorrhoea and more complex diseases in the human host. Neisseria meningitidis is a closely related pathogen that shares many of the same genomic features and virulence factors, but causes the life threatening diseases meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia. The importance of non-coding RNAs in gene regulation has become increasingly evident having been demonstrated to be involved in regulons responsible for iron acquisition, antigenic variation, and virulence. Neisseria spp...
August 25, 2016: Microorganisms
Ilaria Izzo, Paola Pileri, Maria Merello, Paolo Gnesin, Enrico Cogi, Carlo Aggiusti, Laura Giacomelli, Stefano Ettori, Paolo Colombini, Andrea Collidá
A young woman was examined in the Emergency Department for fever, pharyngitis and widespread petechial rash. Physical examination, including neurological evaluation, did not show any other abnormalities. Chest X-ray was negative. Blood exams showed leukocytosis and CPR 20 mg/dL (nv<0.5 mg/dL). On the basis of these results and petechial rash evidence, lumbar puncture was performed. CSF was opalescent; physico-chemical examination showed: total proteins 2.8 (nv 0.15-0.45), glucose 5 (nv 59-80), WBC 7600/μL (nv 0-4/ μL)...
September 1, 2016: Le Infezioni in Medicina
Gro Tunheim, Marianne Arnemo, Lisbeth M Naess, Gunnstein Norheim, Luis Garcia, Daniel Cardoso, Aleida Mandiarote, Domingo Gonzalez, Kalpana Sinnadurai, Åse-Karine Fjeldheim, Karin Bolstad, Einar Rosenqvist
Meningococci (Neisseria meningiditis) of serogroups A and W have caused large epidemics of meningitis in sub-Saharan Africa for decades, and affordable and multivalent vaccines, effective in all age groups, are needed. A bivalent serogroup A and W (A + W) meningococcal vaccine candidate consisting of deoxycholate-extracted outer membrane vesicles (OMV) from representative African disease isolates was previously found to be highly immunogenic in outbred mice when formulated with the adjuvant aluminium hydroxide (AH)...
November 2016: APMIS: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica, et Immunologica Scandinavica
Cecilia B Kretz, Adam C Retchless, Fati Sidikou, Bassira Issaka, Sani Ousmane, Stephanie Schwartz, Ashley H Tate, Assimawè Pana, Berthe-Marie Njanpop-Lafourcade, Innocent Nzeyimana, Ricardo Obama Nse, Ala-Eddine Deghmane, Eva Hong, Ola Brønstad Brynildsrud, Ryan T Novak, Sarah A Meyer, Odile Ouwe Missi Oukem-Boyer, Olivier Ronveaux, Dominique A Caugant, Muhamed-Kheir Taha, Xin Wang
In 2015, Niger reported the largest epidemic of Neisseria meningitidis serogroup C (NmC) meningitis in sub-Saharan Africa. The NmC epidemic coincided with serogroup W (NmW) cases during the epidemic season, resulting in a total of 9,367 meningococcal cases through June 2015. To clarify the phylogenetic association, genetic evolution, and antibiotic determinants of the meningococcal strains in Niger, we sequenced the genomes of 102 isolates from this epidemic, comprising 81 NmC and 21 NmW isolates. The genomes of 82 isolates were completed, and all 102 were included in the analysis...
October 2016: Emerging Infectious Diseases
Karolina Akinosoglou, Angelos Alexopoulos, Nikolaos Koutsogiannis, Charalampos Gogos, Aleksandra Lekkou
Meningococcal meningitis is a well established potential fatal infection characterized by fever, headache, petechial rash, and vomiting in the majority of cases. However, protean manifestations including abdominal pain, sore throat, diarrhea and cough, even though rare, should not be overlooked. Similarly, although disseminated infection could potentially involve various organ-targets, secondary immune related complications including joints or pericardium should be dealt with caution, since they remain unresponsive to appropriate antibiotic regimens...
September 12, 2016: Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Yin Luo, Olga V Friese, Herbert A Runnels, Lakshmi Khandke, Gary Zlotnick, Ann Aulabaugh, Thomas Gore, Eugene Vidunas, Stephen W Raso, Elena Novikova, Emilia Byrne, Michael Schlittler, Donald Stano, Robert L Dufield, Sandeep Kumar, Annaliesa S Anderson, Kathrin U Jansen, Jason C Rouse
Trumenba (bivalent rLP2086) is a vaccine licensed for the prevention of meningococcal meningitis disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis serogroup B (NmB) in individuals 10-25 years of age in the USA. The vaccine is composed of two factor H binding protein (fHbp) variants that were recombinantly expressed in Escherichia coli as native lipoproteins: rLP2086-A05 and rLP2086-B01. The vaccine was shown to induce potent bactericidal antibodies against a broad range of NmB isolates expressing fHbp that were different in sequence from the fHbp vaccine antigens...
September 7, 2016: AAPS Journal
Jun Hirai, Takeshi Kinjo, Takaaki Tome, Mao Hagihara, Daisuke Sakanashi, Hideta Nakamura, Shusaku Haranaga, Hiroshige Mikamo, Jiro Fujita
Neisseria meningitidis often causes meningitis and meningococcemia; however, meningococcal pneumonia is quite rare. Herein, we report a case of non-invasive meningococcal pneumonia initially misdiagnosed as pneumonia due to Moraxella catarrhalis on the basis of a Gram stain in a 43-year-old woman with asthma, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and schizophrenia. She visited our hospital following a 3-day history of fever, productive cough, and shortness of breath. Since her sputum smear revealed Gram-negative diplococcus and the chest radiograph showed infiltration in the lower right lung field, her initial diagnosis was pneumonia caused by M...
August 31, 2016: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
Yogesh Hooda, Christine Chieh-Lin Lai, Andrew Judd, Carolyn M Buckwalter, Hyejin Esther Shin, Scott D Gray-Owen, Trevor F Moraes
Lipoproteins decorate the surface of many Gram-negative bacterial pathogens, playing essential roles in immune evasion and nutrient acquisition. In Neisseria spp., the causative agents of gonorrhoea and meningococcal meningitis, surface lipoproteins (SLPs) are required for virulence and have been extensively studied as prime candidates for vaccine development. However, the machinery and mechanism that allow for the surface display of SLPs are not known. Here, we describe a transposon (Tn5)-based search for the proteins required to deliver SLPs to the surface of Neisseria meningitidis, revealing a family of proteins that we have named the surface lipoprotein assembly modulator (Slam)...
2016: Nature Microbiology
Fati Sidikou, Maman Zaneidou, Ibrahim Alkassoum, Stephanie Schwartz, Bassira Issaka, Ricardo Obama, Clement Lingani, Ashley Tate, Flavien Ake, Souleymane Sakande, Sani Ousmane, Jibir Zanguina, Issaka Seidou, Innocent Nzeyimana, Didier Mounkoro, Oubote Abodji, Xin Wang, Muhamed-Kheir Taha, Jean Paul Moulia-Pelat, Assimawe Pana, Goumbi Kadade, Olivier Ronveaux, Ryan Novak, Odile Ouwe Missi Oukem-Boyer, Sarah Meyer
BACKGROUND: To combat Neisseria meningitidis serogroup A epidemics in the meningitis belt of sub-Saharan Africa, a meningococcal serogroup A conjugate vaccine (MACV) has been progressively rolled out since 2010. We report the first meningitis epidemic in Niger since the nationwide introduction of MACV. METHODS: We compiled and analysed nationwide case-based meningitis surveillance data in Niger. Cases were confirmed by culture or direct real-time PCR, or both, of cerebrospinal fluid specimens, and whole-genome sequencing was used to characterise isolates...
August 23, 2016: Lancet Infectious Diseases
Enrique Chacon-Cruz, Cesar Adrian Martinez-Longoria, Eduardo Llausas-Magana, Antonio Luevanos-Velazquez, Jorge Alejandro Vazquez-Narvaez, Sandra Beltran, Ana Elena Limon-Rojas, Fernando Urtiz-Jeronimo, Jose Luis Castaneda-Narvaez, Francisco Otero-Mendoza, Fernando Aguilar-Del Real, Jesus Rodriguez-Chagoyan, Rosa Maria Rivas-Landeros, Maria Luisa Volker-Soberanes, Rosa Maria Hinojosa-Robles, Patricia Arzate-Barbosa, Laura Karina Aviles-Benitez, Fernando Ivan Elenes-Zamora, Chandra M Becka, Ricardo Ruttimann
OBJECTIVES: Meningococcal meningitis is reported as a rare condition in Mexico. There are no internationally published studies on bacterial causes of meningitis in the country based on active surveillance. This study focuses on finding the etiology of bacterial meningitis in children from nine Mexican Hospitals. METHODS: From January 2010 to February 2013, we conducted a three years of active surveillance for meningitis in nine hospitals throughout Mexico. Active surveillance started at the emergency department for every suspected case, and microbiological studies confirmed/ruled out all potentially bacterial pathogens...
January 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Vaccines
Jia Mun Chan, Joseph P Dillard
: Neisseria gonorrhoeae (gonococci) and Neisseria meningitidis (meningococci) are human pathogens that cause gonorrhea and meningococcal meningitis, respectively. Both N. gonorrhoeae and N. meningitidis release a number of small peptidoglycan (PG) fragments, including proinflammatory PG monomers, although N. meningitidis releases fewer PG monomers. The PG fragments released by N. gonorrhoeae and N. meningitidis are generated in the periplasm during cell wall remodeling, and a majority of these fragments are transported into the cytoplasm by an inner membrane permease, AmpG; however, a portion of the PG fragments are released into the extracellular environment through unknown mechanisms...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Bacteriology
Carina Brehony, Charlene M C Rodrigues, Ray Borrow, Andrew Smith, Robert Cunney, E Richard Moxon, Martin C J Maiden
Serogroup B is the only major disease-associated capsular group of Neisseria meningitidis for which no protein-polysaccharide conjugate vaccine is available. This has led to the development of multi-component protein-based vaccines that target serogroup B invasive meningococcal disease (IMD), including Bexsero®, which was implemented for UK infants in 2015, and Trumenba®. Given the diversity of meningococcal protein antigens, post-implementation surveillance of IMD isolates, including characterisation of vaccine antigens, is essential for assessing the effectiveness of such vaccines...
September 7, 2016: Vaccine
Merijn W Bijlsma, Matthijs C Brouwer, Patrick M Bossuyt, Martijn W Heymans, Arie van der Ende, Michael W T Tanck, Diederik van de Beek
OBJECTIVES: To perform an external validation study of risk scores, identified through a systematic review, predicting outcome in community-acquired bacterial meningitis. METHODS: MEDLINE and EMBASE were searched for articles published between January 1960 and August 2014. Performance was evaluated in 2108 episodes of adult community-acquired bacterial meningitis from two nationwide prospective cohort studies by the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC), the calibration curve, calibration slope or Hosmer-Lemeshow test, and the distribution of calculated risks...
August 9, 2016: Journal of Infection
Jaime Chow, Kennedy Uadiale, Agatha Bestman, Charity Kamau, Dominique A Caugant, Aminu Shehu, Jane Greig
BACKGROUND: In northwest Nigeria in 2013 and 2014, two sequential, localized outbreaks of meningitis were caused by a new strain of Neisseria meningitidis serogroup C (NmC). In 2015, an outbreak caused by the same novel NmC strain occurred over a wider geographical area, displaying different characteristics to the previous outbreaks. We describe cases treated by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in the 2015 outbreak.  METHODS: From February 10 to June 8, 2015, data on cerebrospinal meningitis (CSM) cases and deaths were recorded on standardized line-lists from case management sites supported by MSF...
2016: PLoS Currents
Alexander Simonis, Alexandra Schubert-Unkmeir
The Gram-negative extracellular bacterium Neisseria meningitidis is one of the most common aetiological agents of bacterial meningitis affecting predominantly young children worldwide. This bacterium is normally a quiescent coloniser of the upper respiratory tract, but in some individuals it enters the blood stream and causes invasive diseases, such as septicaemia and meningitis. Interactions of N. meningitidis with human endothelial cells are crucially involved in pathogencitiy, and great efforts have been made to understand these molecular interactions...
August 6, 2016: FEBS Letters
Elena Capel, Aldert L Zomer, Thomas Nussbaumer, Christine Bole, Brigitte Izac, Eric Frapy, Julie Meyer, Haniaa Bouzinba-Ségard, Emmanuelle Bille, Anne Jamet, Anne Cavau, Franck Letourneur, Sandrine Bourdoulous, Thomas Rattei, Xavier Nassif, Mathieu Coureuil
UNLABELLED: Neisseria meningitidis is a leading cause of bacterial meningitis and septicemia, affecting infants and adults worldwide. N. meningitidis is also a common inhabitant of the human nasopharynx and, as such, is highly adapted to its niche. During bacteremia, N. meningitidis gains access to the blood compartment, where it adheres to endothelial cells of blood vessels and causes dramatic vascular damage. Colonization of the nasopharyngeal niche and communication with the different human cell types is a major issue of the N...
2016: MBio
Chantal Edge, Pauline Waight, Sonia Ribeiro, Ray Borrow, Mary Ramsay, Shamez N Ladhani
BACKGROUND: Invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) is rare but remains one of the most feared infectious diseases worldwide. We linked multiple national datasets to describe disease characteristics and outcomes of IMD in England over a five-year period. METHODS: IMD cases confirmed by Public Health England (2007-11) were linked with national hospitalisation records and death registrations. Cases were analysed by age, gender, capsular group, clinical presentation, diagnostic test and outcome...
July 27, 2016: Journal of Infection
Jerome H Kim
Proving the clinical efficacy of Neisseria meningitidis serogroup B (MenB) vaccines has been difficult. There is substantial genetic (and corresponding antigenic) diversity, and serogroup B meningococcal disease is both uncommon and in decline in countries where the burden is well understood. The..
July 21, 2016: New England Journal of Medicine
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