What to know about Meningococcus…

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)
  • Infection in the brain and spinal cord causing Meningitis
    • Fever
    • Headache
    • Confusion
    • Stiff neck

There are vaccinations as a prevention method against Meningococcus. In the next article further depth will look at those vaccinations and their safety of them.


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