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Is meningococcal easy to catch?

Is meningococcal easy to catch?

Yes: It's highly contagious, but fortunately not very common. Vaccination is recommended for people traveling to endemic areas, or to some people living in crowded quarters, such as military barracks or school dormitories. There have also been cases among gay men in big cities who frequent bathhouses or sex clubs. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

Most bumps and blotches on a newborn baby are harmless and clear up by themselves. By far the most common skin problem in infants is diaper rash. Diaper rash is an irritation of the skin caused by dampness, urine, or feces. Most babies who wear diapers will have some type of diaper rash. However, there are other skin disorders that can cause rashes. These are usually not serious unless ...Read more


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How can one detect if someone has meningococcal?

How can one detect if someone has meningococcal?

Very ill: Meningococcus is not a minor illness, but patients tend to become very ill very rapidly. If there is an outbreak locally and someone you know may have been exposed, taking prophylaxis is important. Lacking a local outbreak we would do blood cultures, but suspect it in persons with a petechial rash, a headache, muscle aches, and/or high fevers early on. Later, purpora, shock, and unconsciousness. ...Read more

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Is the meningococcal vaccination painful?

Is the meningococcal vaccination painful?

Of course.: Aren't all injections a little painful? I think so! but it's a small price to pay for the lifesaving protection they afford. I don't think the Meningococcal vaccine is any more painful than other shots, although i must admit there are a few of my patients who might disagree with me. ;). ...Read more

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If you kiss a girl, can you get meningococcal?

If you kiss a girl, can you get meningococcal?

If she carries it: Meningococcal germs are carried in the oral secretions of those who are unaffected carriers or those who will later show signs of the disease.The germ can live outside the body for a while on objects & pass from object to fingers to nose to infect the next person. Clusters of cases often occurred in military recruit centers or college dorms prior to wide vaccine use. ...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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Are meningococcal infections spread from person to person?

Infection: Meningococcal infections are typical highly contagious and can spread from person to person, particularly in the young and school age kids. ...Read more

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How is 'meningococcal septicemia' different from 'meningitis'?

How is 'meningococcal septicemia' different from 'meningitis'?

Location: Meningitis is infammation of the tissue covering our brains. There are a number of causes including infections, which also include a bacteria called meningococcus.Septicemia is when the infection is actively moving in the bloodstream allowing it to spread to many parts of the body. Both are very serious and life threatening. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Skin Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more