Rise in meningitis cases in Scotland
15 December 2016
The latest statistics from Health Protection Scotland show that there were 79 cases of meningococcal infection in Scotland this year to date. Meningococcal infection is the leading cause of bacterial meningitis in Scotland and across all of the UK.
This is the highest incidence rate in Scotland in five years, with the majority of cases occurring among children under the age of five and adults 25 and over.
The most common strains of meningococcal infection were MenB (52.8%) and MenW (23.6%). However, since the introduction of the Men ACWY immunisation programme in summer 2015, there has been a steady decline in cases of MenW in people aged 15-24 years, potentially suggesting early effectiveness of the vaccination programme.
Mary Millar, MRF Scotland Manager said, “It’s reassuring that MenW is reducing in young adults because this is the group most likely to carry the bacteria and spread it to others. However the overall increase in meningococcal disease in Scotland proves there is still work to be done to protect the population from all forms of this disease. Our helpline team is here to support anyone affected by meningitis and septicaemia on 0131 510 2345.”
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