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What's some info about meningococcal disease?

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Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics 56 years experience
Meningococcaldisease: Caused by bacteria, n. Meningitidis which causes meningitis and severe infection. Is often sudden in onset, rapidly progressive and potentially causes death. Symptoms include fever, headache, stiff neck, bloody skin rash, low blood pressure. Survivors often suffer from neurologic problems, limb loss, and hearing loss. Transmission is by direct contact. Prevented by vaccination.Affects all children.

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What is meningococcal disease?

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Dr. Sam Gandy
Neurology 39 years experience
Bacterial meningitis: The bacterium that causes the most severe and contagious form of meningtis is round, and the word "coccus" is used to describe round (or spherical) bacteria. The word"meningococcus" is a nickname for the bacterium, but the proper scientific name is neisseria meningitidis.

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