New guidelines for management and prevention of meningococcal disease in Australia

Mahomed S. Patel, Peter J. Collignon, Charles R. Watson, Robert J. Condon, Richard R. Doherty, Angela Merianos, Gregory J. Stewart

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The incidence of invasive meningococcal disease in Australia has increased over the past decade, and in April 1997 the National Health and Medical Research Council published guidelines for management of patients with meningococcal disease and their contacts. These guidelines emphasise the need for immediate intravenous antibiotic treatment of patients with suspected meningococcal disease, before transfer to hospital or lumbar puncture. When possible, blood for culture should be collected before antibiotic therapy, if this does not delay treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)598-601
Number of pages4
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 1997
Externally publishedYes

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