Prophylaxis for health care workers exposed to cases of meningococcal disease: recommendations of a Working Group of the PHLS Meningococcus Forum


Stuart, J; Gilmore, A; Ross, A; Patterson, W; Kroll, S; Kacamarski, E; McQueen, S; Keady, P; Monk, P; (2001) Prophylaxis for health care workers exposed to cases of meningococcal disease: recommendations of a Working Group of the PHLS Meningococcus Forum. Communicable disease and public health / PHLS, 4 (2). pp. 102-5. ISSN 1462-1843

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Abstract

Based on new data on the risk of secondary meningococcal disease in health care workers, a review of published cases and an assessment of the available evidence, a change to the recommendations for giving chemoprophylaxis to health care workers in England and Wales is proposed. Previous guidance recommended prophylaxis only for those who had given mouth to mouth resuscitation. Chemoprophylaxis is now recommended for health care workers whose mouth or nose has been directly and heavily exposed to respiratory droplets/secretions from a case of meningococcal disease around the time of hospital admission. Wearing surgical face masks is encouraged to reduce risk of exposure.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Antibiotic Prophylaxis, Disease Transmission, Patient-to-Professional, prevention & control, England, Health Personnel, Human, Masks, Meningococcal Infections, prevention & control, transmission, Wales
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Health Services Research and Policy
PubMed ID: 11524996
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/18384

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