Management of clusters of meningococcal disease. PHIS Meningococcus Working Group and Public Health Medicine Environmental Group

Commun Dis Rep CDR Rev. 1997 Jan 10;7(1):R3-5.


Guidance on the management of clustered cases of meningococcal disease has been revised following a review of the clusters that occurred in England and Wales between 1 April 1995 and 31 March 1996. Public health action is indicated for confirmed and probable cases but not in response to possible cases. The importance of microbiological confirmation is re-emphasised. Intervention is recommended for defined target groups when two or more confirmed or probable cases occur in a preschool group or school within a four week period. We present a framework to assist in the management of clusters of invasive serogroup C infections in larger and less defined communities.

MeSH terms

  • Cluster Analysis
  • Disease Outbreaks / prevention & control*
  • England / epidemiology
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Meningitis, Meningococcal / diagnosis
  • Meningitis, Meningococcal / epidemiology
  • Meningitis, Meningococcal / therapy*
  • Neisseria meningitidis / isolation & purification*
  • Risk Factors
  • Wales / epidemiology