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Meningococcal Infections: Need early diagnosis & UK vaccine closer

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Tue, Nov 20, 2012 @ 10:27 AM

Meningococcal infections (occur in various forms known as meningococcal meningitis, meningococcal septicemia, meningococcal disease) are caused by Neisseria meningitides which is found at the back of the nose.  In most people who have this bacteria it causes no harm, but occasionally it can enter the bloodstream and cause systemic illness or can spread within the respiratory tract.  Transmission of the bacteria can occur by inhalation of respiratory droplets or by direct contact with infected respiratory secretions.

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Topics: Differential diagnosis, symptom checker, meningococcal disease, meningococcal sepsis, meningitis B vaccine

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