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Is there a name of the organism that causes meningococcal disease?

Is there a name of the organism that causes meningococcal disease?

N.meningitis: The specific name of the germ is neisseria meningitis which has about 13 or so separate strains based on characteristics of its cell wall. Five strains are generally implicated in the meningitis or blood poisoning(sepsis) world wide. ...Read more

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Organisms (Definition)

1. An individual form of life, such as a plant, animal, bacterium, protist, or fungus; a body made up of organs, organelles, or other parts that work together to carry on the various processes of life. 2. A system regarded as analogous in its structure or functions to a living ...Read more


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So not all meningitis is caused by n. Meningitis? And not all "meningococcal disease" is meningitis?

So not all meningitis is caused by n. Meningitis? And not all "meningococcal disease" is meningitis?

No: There are a number of bacteria beside n. Meningitidis that can cause meningitis. The most common manifestation of Meningococcal infection is 'flu-like illness.' meningitis by n. Meningitidis is easily treatable and serious neurologic sequelae is uncommon. ...Read more

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How can you get meningococcal disease?

How can you get meningococcal disease?

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. ...Read more

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How does meningococcal disease spread?

Meningococcal diseas: The disease is spread person-to-person through the exchange of respiratory and throat secretions- Meningococcal bacteria can't live for more than a few minutes outside the body, so the disease is not spread as easily as the common cold or influenza. ...Read more

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What's some info about meningococcal disease?

What's some info  about meningococcal disease?

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. ...Read more

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With meningococcal disease what else should I be concerned about?

Meningitis!: This is a bad one. See a doctor if you have had contact with a patient..There is a preventive treatment. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are some pros and cons of the meningococcal disease ?

Confusing question: Pro's and con's ? Meningococcus is a germ that can be carried by asymptomatic people and passed in the community. If it invades through the tender tissues of the nasal passages it can kill within 24 hours.This is a deadly disease. What a "pro" for a deadly disease would be is beyond my comprehension. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for meningococcal disease?

Intensive care: Intensive care hospitalization, IV antibiotics, IV fluids, transfusions, respiratory and vascular support. Many prayers. See: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002325/. ...Read more

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What are the treatments available for meningococcal disease?

What are the  treatments available for meningococcal disease?

Meningococcal diseas: Prevention of the disease is more important. A Meningococcal vaccine is now available for children aged 11 years and over- taken in 2 doses about 5 years apart. A new vaccine is also now available for infants given as early as 6 weeks of life. Treatment is usually extensive and includes IV fluids, antibiotics, steroids and other medications to maintain blood pressure. ...Read more

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Should i be worried about meningococcal disease? I've never kissed anyone or been kissed and should I get the shots to prevent it? 22 y.O female.

Should i be worried about meningococcal disease? I've never kissed anyone or been kissed and should I get the shots to prevent it? 22 y.O female.

Situation dependent: If you are in dorms, dining halls or other such settings the vaccine is a good barrier against meningococcus. This germ can kill in 24 hours and is often seen in close communal settings.All my patients get it first around 10-12 and again as part of their college prep. You don't get much warning with this disease. ...Read more

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Meningococcal Disease (Definition)

Meningococcal disease is an infection by the bacteria known as Neisseria meningitidis, which can spread throughout the body, including the fluid surrounding the ...Read more