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Is there a difference between meningitis and meningococcal infection?

Is there a difference between meningitis and meningococcal infection?

Yes: Meningitis is a general term which refers to any process resulting in inflammation or swelling of the lining of the brain or spinal cord. Meningococcal meningitis refers specifically to meningitis caused by the bacteria neisseria meningitidis. Several bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites may cause meningitis. Meningococcal meningitis is one of the most severe. ...Read more

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What is the time line of a meningococcal meningitis infection?

What is the time line of a meningococcal meningitis infection?

Dead in 24 hours: This is a devastatingly horrific disease. Patients go from initial fever, to very ill, to fulminant sepsis, hypotension, shock and death within 24 to 48 hours. When patients call at night after three days of fever in a small child, we pediatricians actually breath a sigh of relief. "This is not a child with meningitis, we think to ourselves" We are always more concerned about new onset fever ...Read more

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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

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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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Help please? What is the duration of illness for meningococcal meningitis?

Help please? What is the duration of illness for meningococcal meningitis?

Less than a week: Once diagnosis of Meningococcal meningitis is established and proper treatment is rendered, recovery is pretty fast. ...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 long does meningococcal meningitis last for?

How long does meningococcal meningitis last for?

Infection vs sequela: The duration of treatment depends on the presentation. If it was caught early and appropriate antibiotics were started the studies have shown that the CSF is sterilized before the 4th day (in immunocompetent patients). If it was more advanced, associated with bacteremia and sepsis then 7 days is the norm. About 10% of individuals will suffer from long-lasting sequelae that will need further help. ...Read more

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Where can I get the meningococcal meningitis vaccination?

Where can I get the meningococcal meningitis vaccination?

Many places: Almost any health care provider should be able to administer this vaccine, and a quick search of drug store chains shows that many of them also provide the vaccine. However, the cdc does not currently recommend all adults get this vaccine (only certain at-risk groups). See http://www.Cdc. Gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/mening/who-vaccinate. Htm for more info. ...Read more

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Is the meningococcal vaccine the same as meningitis vaccine?

Is the meningococcal vaccine the same as meningitis vaccine?

Terminology: There are several vaccines that help reduce bacterial meningitis. The Hemophylis influenza type B (HIB) and pneumococcus are commonly given in infancy. The most common meningococcal vaccines are 2 that help protect against meningococcal strains A, C,W &Y. A newer separate vaccine is now heavily advertised in the US against meningococcal strain B. These are given to pre-teens thru adults. ...Read more

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Is meningococcal meningitis bacterial meningitis or are they 2 different things?

Is meningococcal meningitis bacterial meningitis or are they 2 different things?

Different: Bacteria of many types can cause meningitis. In premi's it is often Group B strep or E.coli. In unimmunized infants and toddlers, Hemoplillis influenzae or pneumococcus & rarely meningococcus. In older kids, teens and adults it may be meningococcus or pneumococcus among others. Meningococcal meningitis is just getting more advertising time with newer vaccines available. ...Read more

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What happens if I don't get the meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

What happens if I don't get the meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

Depends: You may get lucky, never be exposed and never need the vaccine. You could also be exposed, take meds before symptoms start and do fine. You could also be exposed by an unknown source, develop the disease and say goodbye to the world in 24 hours. The general risk is low in most adults. ...Read more

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Is meningococcal meningitis bacterial and I'm taken topamac i still feel dizziness, aposynttonismos, nausea?

Yes. It is bacterial: It is a bacterial infection of the brain. I assume u mean topamax (topiramate) which is an anti seizure medicine. If you recently had bacterial meningitis you will likely have these symptoms for quite sometime. Recommend seeing a neurologist and an MRI might be the next step. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for meningococcal meningitis?

Who is at risk for meningococcal meningitis?

Risk for meningitis: Meningococcal meningitis is an infections disease, spread by close contact with infected individuals or carriers of meningococcus. The risk is high in populations such as college student, camps and schools, especially boarding schools.

Known contacts of infected individuals should consult their doctor about the need for prophylactic treatment. ...Read more

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How do inmates get meningococcal meningitis?

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How do inmates get meningococcal meningitis?

Air transmission: Meningococcus is spread through the air and so can be transmitted by sick individuals and carriers of the disease to anyone that they are in close contact with. ...Read more

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What steps can be taken to avoid meningococcal meningitis?

What steps can be taken to avoid meningococcal meningitis?

Get vaccinated: Vaccines are available that help boost resistance to meningocal meningitis. It covers 4 strains of the germ and may provide some cross resistance for others. It has been in regular use amoung teens & college age kids for some time. If u are directly exposed to a case, several days of abx are given to supress it before it starts. Effective handwashing and other hygenic practices round out your options. ...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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Can meningococcal meningitis be passed on from person to person?

Can meningococcal meningitis be passed on from person to person?

Respiratory droplets: Meningococcus lives in peoples' noses, and can be transmitted by cough or sneezing. Only a few of the people who inhale meningococcus will actually get sick, but those who do get sick will be in grave danger. ...Read more

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Meningitis (Definition)

A condition in which the membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord becomes inflamed. Symptoms include headaches, fever, stiff neck, and a sensitivity to light. There are two primary types of ...Read more