pour le Groupe d’Epidémiologie et Recherche en Infectiologie Clinique du Centre et de l’Ouest (GERICCO)
Chronic meningococcemia is defined by blood culture(s) positive for Neisseria meningitidis, symptoms duration > 7 days, and neither meningitis nor shock on admission. This series of 26 consecutive cases illustrates that this is a rare disease (< 5% of meningococcemia, < 0.05 cases per 100,000 inhabitants per year), mostly affecting young adults, males, with no predisposing condition. Major symptoms include fever, rash, and arthralgia. Median time between symptoms onset, and diagnosis is 28 days. Most patients fully recover with a 1-week course of parenteral betalactams.
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