Meningococcal
Meningitis

Meningococcal meningitis symptoms and detection

Meningococcal meningitis strikes quickly and usually without warning.

Additional meningococcal meningitis symptoms may include: nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, confusion, and a rash (typically dark purple spots on the torso, arms, or legs).

Early symptoms may appear mild—similar to those of a cold or the flu—but can progress quickly and can be fatal, sometimes within 24 hours.

Survivors can experience a number of long-term disabilities, including:

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Brain damage

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Hearing loss

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Loss of limbs

DETECTION

BACTERIAL MENINGITIS

Early meningococcal meningitis diagnosis and treatment are crucial.

If you or your child has been exposed to meningococcal meningitis, call your healthcare provider immediately. Blood and cerebrospinal fluid tests can detect meningococcal meningitis infections. Treatment for meningococcal meningitis usually involves intravenous antibiotics and hospitalization.

Help protect your teen or young adult by talking to their healthcare provider about vaccinating against Meningitis ACWY and Meningitis B.

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