meningococcal disease control

Gary Lum glum at ozemail.com.au
Fri Jul 26 02:24:29 EST 1996

DRSiencyns wrote:
> Hello,
> I'm preparing a talk on meningococcal meningitis and I would like to get
> examples of chemoprophylaxis  protocols from countries around the world,
> along with any evidence supporting their effectiveness. I should be
> grateful for your help. Either actual protocols, with references if
> possible, or just the references would also be helpful. I have the UK
> protocol already. Thanks.
> David Jenkins
> drsiencyns at aol.com

In Australia,
It's usually Rifampicin (you might know it as rifampin) 600 mg bd for 2 days.
In children 20 mg/kg in 2 divided doses for 2 days.
In neonates 10 mg/kg in 2 divided doses for 2 days.
If a patient has received a third generation cephalosporin, e.g., ceftriaxone or cefotaxime then they do NOT 
require chemoprophylaxis.

For H. influenzae we have a different regime.

Hope this helps.

(Dr) Gary Lum
Director of Microbiology
Royal Darwin Hospital
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