Medical Dictionary: Meningococcal


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Meningococcal: Another name for Meningococcal disease.
Meningococcal (condition): Dangerous bacterial infection causing meningitis or bacteremia.
Meningococcal (condition): Meningococcal disease is not only meningitis, but actually includes several types of disease, all caused by the Neisseria meningitidis or just "meningococcus" bacteria. Recent attention to meningococcal disease has arisen due to several epidemics in college students or school age children. Despite this media attention the age group 15-24 is actually only the second most at-risk group, with the highest incidence rates in infants less than a year old. Also significantly at risk are any children under 5 years.

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