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In 2002, the largest epidemic of Neisseria meningitidis serogroup W135 occurred in Burkina Faso. The highest attack rate was in children <5 years of age. We describe cases from 1 district and evaluate the performance of the Pastorex test, which had good sensitivity (84%) and specificity (89%) compared with culture or PCR.

Original publication

DOI

10.3201/eid1306.060940

Type

Journal article

Journal

Emerg Infect Dis

Publication Date

06/2007

Volume

13

Pages

920 - 923

Keywords

Adolescent, Adult, Age Factors, Bacteriological Techniques, Burkina Faso, Child, Child, Preschool, Disease Outbreaks, Female, Humans, Incidence, Infant, Male, Meningitis, Meningococcal, Neisseria meningitidis, Serogroup W-135, Polymerase Chain Reaction, Sensitivity and Specificity