Author(s): Keiser PB, Hamilton L, Broderick M
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Abstract Meningococcal disease has historically been associated with military populations, particularly during periods of mobilization. Although the U.S. military has now been engaged in conflicts for nearly a decade, the incidence of meningococcal disease in the U.S. population as a whole has reached historic lows. Despite vaccination of all service members in basic military training, the risk of meningococcal disease appears to be equal to or greater than that of the civilian population. These 3 case reports of recent fatalities in the U.S. military and their historic contexts illustrate the circumstances under which meningococcus can strike and highlight the need for continued vigilance in military populations.
This article was published in Mil Med
and referenced in Clinical Depression