A European survey on public health policies for managing cases of meningococcal disease and their contacts

Euro Surveill. 2008 Mar 6;13(10):8060. doi: 10.2807/ese.13.10.08060-en.


In 2007, a European survey was conducted to compare national policies on public health management of cases of meningococcal disease and their contacts. The results revealed differences in definitions of close contacts and prophylactic regimens between countries. These differences can be attributed to a lack of evidence on optimal prevention and treatment strategies. The development of guidance for best practice in priority areas, based on evidence or consensus, is therefore recommended.

MeSH terms

  • Contact Tracing / methods*
  • Contact Tracing / statistics & numerical data
  • Disease Notification / methods*
  • Disease Notification / statistics & numerical data
  • Disease Outbreaks / prevention & control*
  • Disease Outbreaks / statistics & numerical data
  • Europe / epidemiology
  • Health Care Surveys*
  • Health Policy*
  • Humans
  • Meningococcal Infections / diagnosis
  • Meningococcal Infections / epidemiology
  • Meningococcal Infections / prevention & control*
  • Population Surveillance / methods*