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CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Advisory: Detection of Drug-Resistant Meningitis


Health Alert Network (HAN) for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

This information has recently been updated, and is now available.






This is an official CDC Health Advisory








Meningococcal disease, which typically presents as meningitis or meningococcemia, is a life-threatening illness requiring prompt antibiotic treatment for patients and antibiotic prophylaxis for their close contacts. Neisseria meningitidis isolates in the United States have been largely susceptible to the antibiotics recommended for treatment and prophylaxis. However, 11 meningococcal disease cases reported in the United States during 2019–2020 had isolates containing a blaROB-1 β-lactamase gene associated with penicillin resistance, as well as mutations associated with ciprofloxacin resistance. An additional 22 cases reported during 2013–2020 contained a blaROB-1 β-lactamase gene but did not have mutations associated with ciprofloxacin resistance.


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