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April 22/29, 1998

Meningitis Patterns Shift

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JAMA. 1998;279(16):1249. doi:10.1001/jama.279.16.1249-JQU80001-4-1

The incidence of sporadic bacterial meningitis outbreaks has remained fairly constant for 30 years. But in the past decade, the proportion of cases in adults has increased substantially, according to a new study.

During last month's International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases in Altanta, Ga, researchers from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta and the Georgia Department of Human Resources reported on shifting patterns of meningitis caused by Neisseria meningitidis in the metropolitan Atlanta area from 1989 to 1996.

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