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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
August 11, 2020

Emerging Drug-Resistant Meningitis Detected in the US

JAMA. 2020;324(6):540. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.13761

Although rare in the US, antibiotic-resistant strains of Neisseria meningitidis have been detected in a dozen states, according to a CDC report.

The agency launched a nationwide investigation after receiving reports of drug-resistant N meningitidis serogroup Y (NmY) infections in early 2020. In January, an NmY isolate resistant to penicillin and ciprofloxacin was identified in a patient in Maryland. A month later, a second ciprofloxacin-resistant infection with NmY was found in another Maryland patient.