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May 2005

Volume 31S1

Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Meningococcal Disease
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Updated 15 November 2006:
Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of meningococcal Disease

Contained in this issue:

Table of Contents

1.0 Introduction

2.0 Objectives

3.0 Epidemiology of Invasive Meningococcal Disease in Canada

4.0 Definitions

  • 4.1 National Case Definition
  • 4.2 Definitions for Public Health Management
    • 4.2.1 Cases and Contacts
    • 4.2.2 Outbreaks
    • 4.2.3 Persistently Elevated Rates

5.0 Diagnosis and Bacterial Typing

6.0 Surveillance of Invasive Meningococcal Disease in Canada

7.0 Management of Invasive Meningococcal Disease

  • 7.1 Management of Sporadic Cases
    • 7.1.1 Case Management
    • 7.1.2 Contact Management
    • 7.1.3 Cadavers and Infectious Risk
    • 7.1.4 Invasive Meningococcal Disease in Travellers
  • 7.2 Detection and Management of Outbreaks
  • 7.3 Management of Persistently Elevated Rate of Meningococcal Disease

8.0 Communication Strategies

  • 8.1 Communication Pertaining to Sporadic Cases
  • 8.2 Communication Pertaining to Outbreaks
  • 8.3 Communication Pertaining to Persistently Elevated Rates

9.0 Recommendations for Travellers

  • 9.1 Travellers to Destinations within Canada
  • 9.2 Students Attending Colleges in the United States
  • 9.3 Travellers to International Destinations 9.4 International Travellers Arriving in Canada

10.0 Recommendations for Chemoprophylaxis

11.0 Indications For and Use of Meningococcal Vaccines

  • 11.1 Close Contacts
  • 11.2 Outbreaks
  • 11.3 Revaccination

Appendix 1: Persons involved in Guideline Development and Review


Suggested citation: Public Health Agency of Canada. Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Meningococcal Disease. CCDR 2005;31S1:1-20.

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