Blood group, secretor status and susceptibility to bacterial meningitis

C C Blackwell, K Jonsdottir, D M Weir, M F Hanson, K A Cartwright, J Stewart, D Jones, I Mohammed

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Epidemiological evidence is summarized for associations of ABO blood group and secretor status with susceptibility to invasive disease due to capsulate organisms responsible for the majority of bacterial meningitis. Host-parasite interactions that might underly these findings are proposed and evidence to support or refute them provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)351-6
Number of pages6
JournalFEMS microbiology immunology
Issue number6-7
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1989


  • Bacterial Infections
  • Blood Group Antigens
  • Epidemiologic Factors
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin A
  • Meningitis


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