Who is at risk for meningococcal meningitis?

Risk for meningitis. Meningococcal meningitis is an infections disease, spread by close contact with infected individuals or carriers of meningococcus. The risk is high in populations such as college student, camps and schools, especially boarding schools. Known contacts of infected individuals should consult their doctor about the need for prophylactic treatment.
Community setting. Older children and adolescents are at risk of Meningococcal meningitis with a rising number of outbreaks in schools, universities, and other organization-based settings. Also at increased risk for Meningococcal disease are immun deficient patients and travelers to certain countries (such as sub-saharan).