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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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What are the tests for meningococcal disease?

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What is meningococcal?

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Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Meningococcal means: Related to the meningococcus, a bacterium that can cause bacterial meningitis and/or meningococcemia (a potentially very serious cause of bacteria in the blood).
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What are the symptoms of meningococcal disease?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Sick fast: Fever (high) , headache, muscle pain, anxiety, lethargy, shock, loss of consciousness, and the "rash." petechia (small round blood spots) and purpura (large irregular purple splotches). The inclosed picture is an end stage of the rash. Death occurs frequently with meningiococcal disease. If you are suspicious that you have this problem, seek medical care immediately.
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How can you get meningococcal disease?

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Dr. Janet Greenhut
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Person to person: Meningococcal disease is spread from one person to another by throat or respiratory secretions (eg, coughing, kissing, or sharing eating utensils). The bacteria can't live outside the body for more than a few minutes, so they don't get spread by being left on objects such as door handles or faucets.
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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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