A Syrian refugee with meningococcal empyema

Akyol O., Ozkaya-Parlakay A., Uluman E., Gulhan B., Demirdag T., Nar-Otgun S.

HUMAN VACCINES & IMMUNOTHERAPEUTICS, vol.16, no.8, pp.1951, 2020 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Letter
  • Volume: 16 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/21645515.2019.1700715
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, BIOSIS, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.1951
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


Meningococcal infections are an important cause of mortality and morbidity in childhood. Herein we report a 2-year-old Syrian refugee boy living in Turkey diagnosed with Neisseria meningitidis serotype B infection complicated with intracranial empyema. Refugees are a sensitive population in all aspects especially infectious diseases. Endemic diseases in the refugees' own countries constitute a major health problem. Vaccination in sensitive populations and in the country would be important precaution to decrease disease burden.