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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National Meningitis Association, Inc.

To educate parents, medical professionals and others about meningococcal disease and its prevention.

Last Updated: 8 Jul 2015

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Following organizations serve the condition "Meningococcal infection" for support, advocacy or research.

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National Meningitis Association, Inc.

To educate parents, medical professionals and others about meningococcal disease and its prevention.

http://www.nmaus.org

Last Updated: 8 Jul 2015

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Meningococcal infection" returned 61 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

A Seroepidemiological Study of Serogroup A Meningococcal Infection in the African Meningitis Belt.
 

Author(s): Olivier Manigart, Caroline Trotter, Helen Findlow, Abraham Assefa, Wude Mihret, Tesfaye Moti Demisse, Biruk Yeshitela, Isaac Osei, Abraham Hodgson, Stephen Laryea Quaye, Samba Sow, Mamadou Coulibaly, Kanny Diallo, Awa Traore, Jean-Marc Collard, Rahamatou Moustapha Boukary, Oumarou Djermakoye, Ali Elhaji Mahamane, Jean-François Jusot, Cheikh Sokhna, Serge Alavo, Souleymane Doucoure, El Hadj Ba, Mariétou Dieng, Aldiouma Diallo, Doumagoum Moto Daugla, Babatunji Omotara, Daniel Chandramohan, Musa Hassan-King, Maria Nascimento, Arouna Woukeu, Ray Borrow, James M Stuart, Brian Greenwood

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The pattern of epidemic meningococcal disease in the African meningitis belt may be influenced by the background level of population immunity but this has been measured infrequently. A standardised enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for measuring meningococcal serogroup A IgG ...

Last Updated: 13 Feb 2016

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Reduction in Neisseria meningitidis infection in Italy after Meningococcal C conjugate vaccine introduction: A time trend analysis of 1994-2012 series.
 

Author(s): Chiara de Waure, Alessandro Miglietta, Darko Nedovic, Giovanna Mereu, Walter Ricciardi

Journal: Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2016 ;12(2):467-73.

 

The incidence of invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) in Italy is among the lowest in Europe. Meningococcal C conjugate vaccine (MCC) was introduced in 2005 for 12 months old infants. The aim of this study was to describe the epidemiology of IMD in Italy from 1994 to 2012 and to evaluate ...

Last Updated: 24 Feb 2016

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Concurrent meningococcal and herpes simplex infection in a non-immunocompromised child.
 

Author(s): Jasmin Ali, Hannah Walsh, Swathi Sanapala, Nadeem Syed

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A previously well 11-month-old infant presented with lethargy, a blanching rash, vomiting and diarrhoea. She was diagnosed with suspected gastroenteritis and discharged. The patient deteriorated and re-presented 24 h later with lumbar puncture (LP) confirming Neisseria meningitidis. ...

Last Updated: 9 May 2014

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Meningococcal infection" returned 2 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

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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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Meningococcal Infection

 

Last Updated: 16 Feb 2017

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Meningococcal Quadrivalent CRM-197 Conjugate Vaccine Infant Study
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Meningococcal Disease

 

Last Updated: 5 Jan 2017

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South Australian Meningococcal B Vaccine Herd Immunity Study
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Meningococcal Disease

 

Last Updated: 17 Mar 2017

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