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General Information

Meningococcal meningitis and meningococcal septicaemia are systemic infections caused by the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis. Humans are the only known reservoir for Neisseria meningitidis.

  • Meningitis: inflammation of meninges (lining of the brain)
  • Septicaemia: bacteria enters the bloodstream resulting in blood poisoning

For general information on Meningococcal disease please see: