Emergencies preparedness, response

2001 - Meningococcal disease, serogroup W135 - Update 3

03 July 2001

Disease Outbreak Reported

During 2001 WHO has received reports of cases of W135 meningococcal disease, mainly associated with international travel or contact with travellers to Saudi Arabia.

France has updated its figures since the last report. Six cases (contacts with Haj pilgrims) have now been reported. N. meningitidis serogroup W135 has been laboratory confirmed.

For information about reports from other countries as well as background information and WHO recommendations for the control of meningococcal disease, please see the last report of 22 June 2001.