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Meningitis, Meningococcal


Synonyms of Meningitis, Meningococcal
  • Bacterial Meningococcal Meningitis
  • Epidemic Cerebrospinal Meningitis
  • Meningococcal Meningitis

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    Meningococcal meningitis is a form of meningitis caused by a specific bacterium known as Neisseria meningitidis. Meningitis is characterized by inflammation of the membranes (meninges) around the brain or spinal cord. This inflammation can begin suddenly (acute) or develop gradually (subacute). Symptoms may include fever, headache, and a stiff neck, sometimes with aching muscles. Nausea, vomiting and other symptoms may also occur. Skin rashes occur in about half of all individuals with meningococcal meningitis. Treatment with antibiotics and other drugs is usually effective against this infection.

    Organizations related to Meningitis, Meningococcal
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
      1600 Clifton Road NE
      Atlanta GA 30333
      Phone #: 404-639-3534
      800 #: 800-311-3435
      e-mail: http://www.cdc.gov/netinfo.htm
      Home page: http://www.cdc.gov/
    • Child Brain Injury Trust
      The Radcliffe Infirmary
      Oxford None OX2 6HE
      Phone #: (00-44)- 01865 552 467
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: info@cbituk.org
      Home page: http://www.cbituk.org
    • MUMS (Mothers United for Moral Support, Inc) National Parent-to-Parent Network
      150 Custer Court
      Green Bay WI 54301-1243
      Phone #: 920-336-5333
      800 #: 877-336-5333
      e-mail: mums@netnet.net
      Home page: http://www.netnet.net/mums/
    • NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
      6610 Rockledge Drive
      Bethesda MD 20892-6612
      Phone #: 301-496-5717
      800 #: --
      e-mail: N/A
      Home page: http://www.niaid.nih.gov/
    • National Meningitis Association
      738 Robinson Farms Drive
      Marietta GA 30068
      Phone #: 866-366-3662
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: support@nmaus.org
      Home page: http://www.nmaus.org
    • World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for the Americas (AMRO)
      Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
      Washington DC 20037
      Phone #: 202-974-3000
      800 #: --
      e-mail: postmaster@paho.org
      Home page: http://www.who.ch/



    For a Complete Report

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