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July 1, 1974

Recurrent Meningococcal Infection With an Antigenically Identical Strain

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Bacterial Diseases (Drs. Griffiss and Artenstein), Division of Communicable Diseases and Immunology, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Washington, DC, and the Department of Bacteriology and the Infectious Service (Drs. Bannatyne and Anglin), the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto.

JAMA. 1974;229(1):68-70. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230390044024

Meningococcal infection usually confers immunity in the form of bactericidal antibodies to both the infecting and unrelated strains of meningococci. Recurrent attacks are rare and documentation of the serogroup involved in both episodes of such attacks is rarer still. A case of recurrent group B meningococcal disease occurred in a child who developed bactericidal antibodies to both infecting strains. Both serogroup and serotype antigens of the two infecting strains were identical.

(JAMA 229:68-70, 1974)