This next article helps inform about a bacterial infection that many may not be familiar with, information is critical. If a person becomes infected with Meningococcus, they could die within hours. Read on to learn more about this bacterial infection, how it spreads, and ways to prevent infection.
What is meningococcus?
- Meningococcus is a bacterium. Meningococcal bacteria live on the lining of the nose and throat and are spread from one person to another by close personal contact
- Eventually getting into the bloodstream
- There are five different types based on a sugar that coats the bacteria
- A, B, C, Y, and W-135
Is Meningococcus dangerous?
- Yes it can claim a life in hours
- Infants less than 1 year of age are at the highest risk of getting this disease
- Adolescents and teens are most likely to die from it.
Effects of contracting this infection:
- Sepsis (bloodstream infection)
- Low blood pressure
- Dark purple spots on arms and legs
- Infection in the brain and spinal cord causing Meningitis
- Stiff neck