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How can one detect if someone has meningococcal?
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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. William Walsh
Dr. William Walsh
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