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Doctor insights on: Meningococcal Septicaemia Symptoms

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What is the difference between meningococcal sepsis and meningococcal meningitis?

What is the difference between meningococcal sepsis and meningococcal meningitis?

Location: Organinsm is the same, location is different. Sepsis is a blood infection. Meningitis is a spinal fluid infection. ...Read more

Dr. William Walsh
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Sepsis (Definition)

The body's abnormal response to severe infection. Sepsis symptoms include fever, rapid heart rate and rapid breathing, and bloodwork will reveal elevation of ...Read more


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Is it common to have aching joints after menigoccal septicaemia meningitis?

Is it common to have aching joints after menigoccal septicaemia meningitis?

Yes: The word "septicemia' means blood infection and joint involvement is not unusual. ...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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How long from the symptoms start in meningococcal meningitis until the person is dead?

How long from the symptoms start in meningococcal meningitis until the person is dead?

Can be rapid: Have seen patients die within two hours of onset of symptoms with Meningococcal meningitis. Bad disease. ...Read more

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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

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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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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?

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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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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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 anymore 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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Are meningococcal infections spread from person to person?

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 bacterium 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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What are the chances of catching meningococcal meningitis?

What are the chances of catching meningococcal meningitis?

Meningitis: If you are exposed to someone with Meningococcal meningitis, you are at risk for developing Meningococcal infection. Contact you doctor as there are antibiotics you can have prescribed that should protect you from developing the infection. ...Read more

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How deadly is meningococcal?

How deadly is meningococcal?

Very: Between 1 in 10 and 1 in 8 patients infected with this bacteria will die, even with treatment. Get vaccinated! ...Read more

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How contagious is meningococcal menintitis?

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 makes meningococcal so deadly and so quickly?

What makes meningococcal so deadly and so quickly?

Bad Bad Bad Bug: Neisseria meningitidis has 'virulence(invasion) factors' allowing it to stick on cells lining the nose & throat (pili & opscity proteins). It has a complex capsule that coats the organism & protects it from our immune system. Chemicals w/in the organism cause host cell walls to change & allow infectn. It makes a toxin (los) that makes our immune system go haywire w/sepsis & cardiovasc collapse. ...Read more

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Meningococcal: any risks to your health when taking public transport?

Relax!: Meningococcal disease is very uncommon, and you don't need to worry about taking public transportation. ...Read more