Neonatal Conjunctivitis Caused by Neisseria Meningitidis US Urethritis Clade, New York, USA, August 2017

Cecilia B. Kretz; Genevieve Bergeron; Margaret Aldrich; Danielle Bloch; Paula E. Del Rosso; Tanya A. Halse; Belinda Ostrowsky; Qinghuan Liu; Edimarlyn Gonzalez; Enoma Omoregie; Ludwin Chicaiza; Greicy Zayas; Bun Tha; Angela Liang; Jade C. Wang; Michael Levi; Scott Hughes; Kimberlee A. Musser; Don Weiss; Jennifer L. Rakeman


Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2019;25(5):972-975. 

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Abstract and Introduction


We characterized a case of neonatal conjunctivitis in New York, USA, caused by Neisseria meningitidis by using whole-genome sequencing. The case was a rare occurrence, and the isolate obtained belonged to an emerging clade (N. meningitidis US nongroupable urethritis) associated with an increase in cases of urethritis since 2015.


Neonatal conjunctivitis caused by Neisseria meningitidis is a rare occurrence. Using whole-genome sequencing, we analyzed an isolate of N. meningitidisfrom a 3-day-old infant in New York, USA, who was given a diagnosis of unilateral conjunctivitis.