meningococcal meningitis


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meningococcal meningitis

[mə¦niŋ·gə¦käk·əl ‚men·ən′jīd·əs]
(medicine)
Inflammation of the meninges caused by the bacterium Neisseria meningitidis (meningococcus).
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"Vaccinations for meningococcal meningitis is mandatory in the UAE.
Clinical features, outcome, and meningococcal genotype in 258 adults with meningococcal meningitis: a prospective cohort study.
Although rare, meningococcal meningitis is a serious, contagious and potentially deadly bacterial infection.
Meningococcal meningitis is an acute infectious disease caused by meningococcus.
Pneumococcal meningitis patients were significantly older (median age = 25 years, range = 3-72 years) than were meningococcal meningitis patients (median age = 15 years, range = 2-87 years); no significant differences were found by sex or geographic region (Table).
Meningococcal meningitis, which is a bacterial form of the disease and is responsible for 1,500 cases a year in the UK, can cause death in as little as four hours from the onset of symptoms.
These results matched with the findings of other authors10,11 who performed surveillance study during the meningococcal sero group A epidemic which occurred in Karachi in 1988, in which out of 112 cases 20% had septicaemia and 80% had meningococcal meningitis.
We hereby report the case of a 28-year-old otherwise healthy female presenting in our surgical department with acute abdomen masking meningococcal meningitis, later complicated by recurrent episodes of reactive pericarditis, despite appropriate antibiotic treatment.
These symptoms should also alert you to the possibility of meningitis: a fever, a stiff neck, disliking bright light and, in meningococcal meningitis, the rash of flat, reddish purple spots.
Meningococcal meningitis is a serious infection accounting for deaths and disability among thousands of young people every year.
Meningococcal meningitis caused by serogroup B is a serious disease, but it is rare.
Meningococcal meningitis is a life threatening bacterial infection caused by Neisseria meningitidis (13 serogroups), which can result in severe damage to the brain, with a case fatality rate of 50%, if left untreated [1].