Genomic meningococcal load in the nasopharynx of children with meningococcal disease

Thomas W. Bourke, James P. McKenna, Peter V. Coyle, Derek J. Fairley, Michael D. Shields

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This study demonstrates the feasibility of using quantitative real time PCR to measure genomic bacterial load in the nasopharynx of children with invasive meningococcal disease and shows that these loads are exceptionally high (median 6.6 x 105 (Range 1.2 x 105 to 1.1 x 108) genome copies of Neisseria meningitidis per swab).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)577-579
JournalThe Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Issue number5
Early online date09 Feb 2016
Publication statusPublished - May 2016


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