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Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
Volume 2017, Article ID 6132857, 3 pages
Case Report

Meningococcal Neonatal Purulent Conjunctivitis/Sepsis and Asymptomatic Carriage of N. meningitidis in Mother’s Vagina and Both Parents’ Nasopharynx

1Department of Pediatrics, Hospital General de Tijuana, Tijuana, BC, Mexico
2School of Medicine, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, CISALUD Campus, Tecate, BC, Mexico
3Department of Microbiology, Hospital General de Tijuana, Tijuana, BC, Mexico

Correspondence should be addressed to Enrique Chacon-Cruz; moc.liamtoh@88nocahce

Received 21 December 2016; Accepted 27 February 2017; Published 6 March 2017

Academic Editor: Pere Domingo

Copyright © 2017 Enrique Chacon-Cruz et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Neonatal conjunctivitis is usually associated with vagina’s infection by Chlamydia sp., N. gonorrhoeae, and/or other bacteria during delivery. Meningococcal neonatal conjunctivitis is an extremely rare disease. We report a case of neonatal meningococcal sepsis/conjunctivitis and asymptomatic carriage of N. meningitidis from both parents (vagina and nasopharynx). As part of our active surveillance for meningococcal disease at the Tijuana General Hospital (TGH), Mexico, we identified a 3-day-old newborn with meningococcal conjunctivitis and sepsis. The patient had a one-day history of conjunctivitis and poor feeding. Clinical examination confirmed profuse purulent conjunctival discharge, as well as clinical signs and laboratory findings suggestive of bacteraemia. Gram stain from conjunctival exudate revealed intracellular Gram negative diplococci; we presumed the baby had gonorrheal conjunctivitis; however, serogroup Y, N. meningitidis was isolated both from conjunctival exudate and blood. Additionally, isolation of serogroup Y, N. meningitidis was obtained from mother’s vagina and both parents’ nasopharynx. The baby was treated with 7 days of IV ceftriaxone and discharged with no sequelae.