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Outbreak of Neisseria meningitidis capsular group W among scouts returning from the World Scout Jamboree, Japan, 2015
Health Protection Scotland, Glasgow, United Kingdom.
NHS Highland, Inverness, United Kingdom.
NHS Grampian, Aberdeen, United Kingdom.
NHS Shetland, Lerwick, United Kingdom.
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2016 (English)In: Eurosurveillance, ISSN 1025-496X, E-ISSN 1560-7917, Vol. 21, no 45, 8-14 p., 30392Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The 23rd World Scout Jamboree was held in Japan from 28 July to 8 August 2015 and was attended by over 33,000 scouts from 162 countries. An outbreak of invasive meningococcal disease capsular group W was investigated among participants, with four confirmed cases identified in Scotland, who were all associated with one particular scout unit, and two confirmed cases in Sweden; molecular testing showed the same strain to be responsible for illness in both countries. The report describes the public health action taken to prevent further cases and the different decisions reached with respect to how wide to extend the offer of chemoprophylaxis in the two countries; in Scotland, chemoprophylaxis was offered to the unit of 40 participants to which the four cases belonged and to other close contacts of cases, while in Sweden chemoprophylaxis was offered to all those returning from the Jamboree. The report also describes the international collaboration and communication required to investigate and manage such multinational outbreaks in a timely manner.

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European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) , 2016. Vol. 21, no 45, 8-14 p., 30392
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Infectious Medicine
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Infectious Diseases
URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-53922DOI: 10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2016.21.45.30392ISI: 000387768600002PubMedID: 27918267ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84996841706OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-53922DiVA: diva2:1055897
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