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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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Dr. William Walsh
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Infection In The Blood (Definition)

Sepsis is a condition in which a person has a blood infection, usually caused by bacteria. The bacteria get into the bloodstream and are spread all over the body. The infection plus the immune system's response to it causes the symptoms of sepsis, which include fever, rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, high white ...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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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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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 meningococcal meningitis bacterial meningitis or are they 2 different things?

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

Yes; read : Meningococcal meningitis is a form of bacterial meningitis. Any bacteria that causes meningitis would be classified as bacterial meningitis. ...Read more

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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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Dr. William Singer
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Meningitis (Definition)

Meningitis occurs when 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


Dr. William Walsh
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Sepsis (Definition)

Sepsis occurs as a result of body's abnormal response to severe infection. Manifestation of sepsis include fever, rapid heart rate and rapid breathing. Blood work will reveal elevation of ...Read more