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What is meningococcal disease?

What is meningococcal disease?

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. ...Read more

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Can meningococcal disease be cured?

Can meningococcal disease be cured?

Yes: Early diagnosis & treatment with antibiotics can cure Meningococcal disease within 5 days in some cases but often takes longer. Delay in diagnosis & treatment will increase risks of complications. In some patients the disease can move so rapidly that patients expire within hours in spite of all efforts. ...Read more

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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?

How does meningococcal disease spread?

Very: Meningococcal meningitis is usually transmitted by airborne droplets.
Isolation with masks, gloves and gowns are required for contact with infected patients. ...Read more

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What are the signs of meningococcal disease?

What are the signs of meningococcal disease?

Meningococal disease: The signs may very from feffver, rashes, irritability, heaadache, listlesnesss, lethargy, cold symptoms. Never try to daignose this at home thoguh. Seek medcial advise right away if you suspect this. Teh infection spread and profgresses very rapidly and the best outcomes are wehn treatment begins early on. ...Read more

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What are the tests for meningococcal disease?

What are the tests for meningococcal disease?

Many: Blood, spinal fluid, urine, skin tests. See:

http://www.Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002325/. ...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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What are the symptoms of meningococcal disease?

What are the symptoms of meningococcal disease?

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. ...Read more

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Anything you can tell me about meningococcal disease?

It's bad: Don't get it. It is caused by neisseria menigitides and can seem like a simple flu but can progress rapidly to severe disease and death. It is not common... Maybe 1/100, 00 in general population. It is aggressive and scary and more common in crowded situations like dormitories and barracks. Menveo or Menactra is the vaccine to help prevent it. ...Read more

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What to do if you think someone has meningococcal disease?

What to do if you think someone has meningococcal disease?

Meningococcaldisease: Rapid diagnosis is very important and immediate treatment is essential so if Meningococcal disease is suspected, send the patient promptly to a doctor. The er is preferred to initiate prompt testing and treatment with antibiotics and other medications needed to stabilize his condition.
These patients are usually very sick and can worsen very quickly and die within hours. ...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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Can you spread meningococcal disease by doing laundry in a landromat?

Can you spread meningococcal disease by doing laundry in a landromat?

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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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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How do doctors diagnose meningococcal disease?

How do doctors diagnose meningococcal disease?

Lp: An LP looking for increased white cells and low glucose levels. Gram stains will show the organisms. ...Read more

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How soon after their first dose should people who remain at risk for meningococcal disease be vaccinated again?

3-5 Years: It depends on your age. Children under 7 should wait at least 3 years. Anyone 7 or older, 5 years. ...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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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) worldwide. ...Read more

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Should college students be vaccinated against meningococcal disease?

YES: Yes, but the peak risk actually starts rising around 13-14 yo and kids should be getting this shot at 11 yo now. Currently the CDC says to get one at 11 yo and another at 16 yo. ...Read more

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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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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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Can there be any treatment available for meningococcal disease?

There are.: There are Vaccines for prevention and Antibiotics to treat the infection. The problem is that once infected, if untreated, the infection can progress quickly and dangerously.

http://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/ ...Read more

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Could I get meningococcal disease if I've had a man c vaccine?

Could I get meningococcal disease if I've had a man c vaccine?

Yes: There are other strains that cause Meningococcal disease and the vaccine may only provide partial resistance to the germs of type c. ...Read more

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Why are college freshmen living in dormitories at increased risk for meningococcal disease?

Why are college freshmen living in dormitories at increased risk for meningococcal disease?

Close living quarter: It is strongly recommended that all college students living in dorms or frat houses (not just freshman) to get the Meningococcal vaccine due to it being highly contagious, relatively high mortality (death) rate, high morbidity (complication, amputation, etc.) rate, and ease of prevention (by getting vaccinated.) initial symptoms often mimic a common cold or flu so diagnosis can be delayed. ...Read more

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Why do college freshmen living in dormitories have an increased risk for meningococcal disease?

Proximity: Dorms, classes, cafeterias or military barracks, some infections are more likely to pass among populations in proximity. The higher risk populations share similar settings. Meningococcal disease is also carried by some in their nasal passages without ever getting ill. Proximity, carriers and time duration of contact all add to the process. ...Read more