#Neonatal #Conjunctivitis Caused by #Neisseria meningitidis US Urethritis Clade, #NY, #USA, August 2017 (Emerg Infect Dis., abstract)

[Source: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal, full page: (LINK). Abstract, edited.]

Volume 25, Number 5—May 2019 / Dispatch

Neonatal Conjunctivitis Caused by Neisseria meningitidis US Urethritis Clade, New York, USA, August 2017

Cecilia B. Kretz1  , Genevieve Bergeron1, Margaret Aldrich, Danielle Bloch, Paula E. Del Rosso, Tanya A. Halse, Belinda Ostrowsky, Qinghuan Liu, Edimarlyn Gonzalez, Enoma Omoregie, Ludwin Chicaiza, Greicy Zayas, Bun Tha, Angela Liang, Jade C. Wang, Michael Levi, Scott Hughes, Kimberlee A. Musser, Don Weiss, and Jennifer L. Rakeman

Author affiliations: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (C.B. Kretz, G. Bergeron); New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Queens, New York, USA (C.B. Kretz, G. Bergeron, M. Aldrich, D. Bloch, P.E. Del Rosso, Q. Liu, E. Gonzalez, E. Omoregie, L. Chicaiza, G. Zayas, B. Tha, A. Liang, J.C. Wang, S. Hughes, D. Weiss, J.L. Rakeman); Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, New York, USA (M. Aldrich, B. Ostrowsky, M. Levi); New York State Department of Health, Albany, New York, USA (T.A. Halse, K.A. Musser)



We characterized a case of neonatal conjunctivitis in New York, USA, caused by Neisseria meningitidis by using whole-genome sequencing. The case was a rare occurrence, and the isolate obtained belonged to an emerging clade (N. meningitidis US nongroupable urethritis) associated with an increase in cases of urethritis since 2015.

Keywords: Neisseria meningitidis; Urethritis; Conjunctivitis; USA.


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