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Pathogenesis

Specific lifestyle factors increase this organism’s virulence

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Outbreaks of Neisseria meningitidis serotype B infection

Outbreaks of Neisseria meningitidis serotype B infection

Approximately 21% of all meningococcal disease cases occur in preteens, teens, and young adults aged 11-24 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Certain lifestyle factors among teens appear to contribute to their increased risk, including living conditions in college dormitories, attendance at a new school with students from geographically diverse areas, irregular sleeping patterns, smoking or exposure to passive smoking, and social situations in which there is overcrowding.

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