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


Marteen Hoek, Germaine Hanquet, Sigrid Heuberger, Paweł Stefanoff, Philippe Zucs, Mary Ramsay, James Stuart; European Union Invasive Bacterial Infections Surveillance Network (EU-IBIS).


Euro Surveill 2008; 13: pii: 8060.

A survey of EU countries aimed at compiling national guidelines for invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) prophylaxis. We found multiple inconsistencies, which were not always justified by available evidence. This publication started a longitudinal fruitful collaboration with a fantastic consortium of experts led by James Stuart. In the following years we worked on developing evidence-based guidelines for EU countries, and repeated the survey of countries after approximately 10 years. I met James during EPIET training modules and we discovered our mutual passion for IMD epidemiology :)

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