Consensus building and recommendations based on the available epidemiology of meningococcal disease in Gulf Cooperation Council States.Travel Med Infect Dis. 2011 Mar; 9(2):60-6.TM
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) States share concerns about meningococcal disease, particularly in association with the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages, which have been connected with outbreaks within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and among contacts of the pilgrims in their countries of origin. Currently, the most prevalent meningococcal serogroup in the GCC States is W-135. Although vaccination with polysaccharide vaccines has protected pilgrims and their close contacts from invasive disease, the potential availability of novel conjugate vaccines, such as the one currently used for vaccination of military personnel in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, prompted an evaluation of disease epidemiology in the region. For several countries, published data on recent epidemiology are not available. We report findings from a meeting of the GCC States Meningitis Study Group, which comprised experts from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, the Sultanate of Oman, and the United Arab Emirates. These experts provided an update on epidemiology and current vaccination practices in the GCC States, and discussed new approaches to more effective disease prevention.