Meningococcal infection

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Meningococcal infection

Meningococcal infections are caused by the meningococcal bacteria which is spread through saliva and the respiratory tract. The bacteria can cause meningococcal meningitis, referred to as meningitis, when it infects the lining of the spinal cord or brain. Beginning symptoms are flu-like and can include a stiff neck, nausea, and skin rash. The bacteria can also cause bloodstream infections called sepsis, which has the following symptoms: high fever, heart rate, and respiratory rate. Meningococcal infections are more common in babies, teens, and young adults, particularly young college students living in dormatories. In order to prevent a meningococcal infection, keep up to date on your vaccinations and avoid contact with sick people. Antibiotics may be given as treatment for the infection.

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Meningococcal infection" returned 60 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Thyroid hormone enhances nitric oxide-mediated bacterial clearance and promotes survival after meningococcal infection.
 

Author(s): Yao Chen, Mikael Sjölinder, Xiao Wang, Georg Altenbacher, Matthias Hagner, Pernilla Berglund, Yumin Gao, Ting Lu, Ann-Beth Jonsson, Hong Sjölinder

Journal: PLoS ONE. 2012 ;7(7):e41445.

 

Euthyroid sick syndrome characterized by reduced levels of thyroid hormones (THs) is observed in patients with meningococcal shock. It has been found that the level of THs reflects disease severity and is predictive for mortality. The present study was conducted to investigate the ...

Last Updated: 30 Jul 2012

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Infection and immune-mediated meningococcal-associated arthritis: combination features in the same patient.
 

Author(s): Karim Yaqub Ibrahim, Noemia Barbosa Carvalho, Maria Luisa do Nascimento Moura, Felipe Maia de Toledo Piza, Evanthia Vetos Mimicos, Yeh-Li Ho, Francisco Oscar de Siqueira França

Journal: Rev. Inst. Med. Trop. Sao Paulo. ;54(2):109-11.

 

We present a case of a 16-year-old male patient with sudden-onset, rash, arthritis and meningitis by Neisseria meningitidis one week after an acute upper respiratory infection. On the 10th day of treatment followed by neurological and arthritis clinical improvement, he presented once ...

Last Updated: 13 Apr 2012

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[Immune complex arthritis in meningococcal infection].
 

Author(s): N Saldaña García, J M Rumbao Aguirre, E Ulloa Santamaría, J A Abad Lara

Journal: An Pediatr (Barc). 2011 May;74(5):344-5.

 

Last Updated: 28 Feb 2012

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The terms "Meningococcal infection" returned 3 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Two centuries of meningococcal infection: from Vieusseux to the cellular and molecular basis of disease.
 

Author(s): Alexandre Leite de Souza, Antonio Carlos Seguro

Journal: J. Med. Microbiol.. 2008 Nov;57(Pt 11):1313-21.

 

Scientific knowledge of meningococcal infection has increased greatly since the epidemic nature of the illness was first described by Vieusseux at the dawn of the nineteenth century. In fact, revolutionary advances have been made in public-health measures, antimicrobial therapy, diagnostic ...

Last Updated: 17 Oct 2008

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Prospects for vaccine prevention of meningococcal infection.
 

Author(s): Lee H Harrison

Journal: Clin. Microbiol. Rev.. 2006 Jan;19(1):142-64.

 

Neisseria meningitidis is the leading cause of bacterial meningitis in the United States and worldwide. A serogroup A/C/W-135/Y polysaccharide meningococcal vaccine has been licensed in the United States since 1981 but has not been used universally outside of the military. On 14 January ...

Last Updated: 18 Jan 2006

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Treatment of meningococcal infection.
 

Author(s): S B Welch, S Nadel

Journal: Arch. Dis. Child.. 2003 Jul;88(7):608-14.

 

Aggressive early treatment of meningococcal disease can reduce mortality. This relies on prompt recognition and treatment of the complications of septicaemia and meningitis, appropriate ongoing intensive care where necessary, and adequate management of multiple organ failure. Most ...

Last Updated: 23 Jun 2003

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Septic cArdiac Deficiency and MenIngococcal seveRe Sepsis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Meningococcal Infections; Septic Shock; Severe Sepsis

 

Last Updated: 20 Jan 2014

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Regulation of Mucosal Immune Response to Systemic MenB Vaccine
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Meningococcal Infections

 

Last Updated: 3 Feb 2012

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