Differences between sexes in the nasopharyngeal carriage of Neisseria meningitidis

Lee J. Melton, Earl A. Edwards, Leonard F. Devine

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Abstract

Melton, L. J., E. A. Edwards and L. F. Devlne (Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Navy Department, Washington, DC 20372). Differences between sexes in the nasopharyngeal carriage of Neisseria meningitidis. Am J Epidemiol 106:215-221, 1977.Nasopharyngeal carriage of Nelsseria meningitidis was investigated among male and female students sharing similar occupational and living environments at the U. S. Naval Hospital Corps School, Great Lakes, Illinois, in 1972-1973. When students beginning the study without meningococcal carriage were evaluated, meningococcal acquisition, weekly carrier prevalence, number of different serogroups carried, proportion of serogroup Y carriers, and average duration of group Y carriage were approximately equal for each sex. In this comparable group of men and women, there was no evidence of differences in meningococcal carriage associated solely with the sex of the host.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)215-221
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican journal of epidemiology
Volume106
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1977

Keywords

  • Carrier state
  • Meningococcal infections
  • Sex differential

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology

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