Bacteremia in an immunocompromised patient caused by a commensal Neisseria meningitidis strain harboring the capsule null locus (cnl)

, , , , , and . Journal of Clinical Microbiology 42 (7): 2898--901 (July 2004)PMID: 15243035.


We recently described the capsule null locus (cnl) of constitutively unencapsulated Neisseria meningitidis clonal lineages. cnl meningococci were recovered from healthy carriers at high frequency. We here report on the first case of invasive disease caused by cnl meningococci in a severely immunosuppressed patient with chronic graft-versus-host disease after allogeneic peripheral blood stem cell transplantation. The sequence type 845 strain was extensively typed and, furthermore, shown to be sensitive to serum bactericidal activity.

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