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Treatments for Meningococcal disease

Treatments for Meningococcal disease:

The first step in treating meningococcal disease is preventing its occurrence and spread. A vaccine to prevent meningococcal disease is available for children and certain persons at risk for the disease. They include travellers who go to high risk areas of the world and people, such as military personnel and college students, who live in crowded situations. Vaccination may also be recommended for some health care professionals who are at risk for exposure to the disease.

Prevention of the spread of the bacterium that causes meningococcal disease, Neisseria meningitides, also includes frequent hand washing and covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough.

Meningococcal disease is a medical emergency, because it can rapidly result in permanent, serious complications and death within days. Treatment includes hospitalization, generally in an intensive care setting, and immediate administration of intravenous antibiotics. Complications, such as brain swelling, seizures, and coma will also need aggressive intensive care treatment.

People who have had close contact with a person with meningococcal disease, such as family members, friends, schoolmates, roommates, and health care workers, may also need to be treated for the disease, even in the absence of symptoms.

Treatment List for Meningococcal disease

The list of treatments mentioned in various sources for Meningococcal disease includes the following list. Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in treatment plans.

  • Emergency hospitalization - many cases require urgent emergency treatment.
  • Antibiotics
  • Early diagnosis and treatment is extremely important to prevent serious illness or death
  • Antibiotics- ceftriaxone
  • Sometimes steroid medication is used, more often in children than adults
  • People in close contact with someone with meningococcal meningitis should be given antibiotics to prevent infection

Meningococcal disease: Is the Diagnosis Correct?

The first step in getting correct treatment is to get a correct diagnosis. Differential diagnosis list for Meningococcal disease may include:

Hidden causes of Meningococcal disease may be incorrectly diagnosed:

  • Meningococcal meningitis is caused by the bacterium Neisseria meningitidis (also known as meningococcus)
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Hospital statistics for Meningococcal disease:

These medical statistics relate to hospitals, hospitalization and Meningococcal disease:

  • 0.02% (2,510) of hospital consultant episodes were for meningococcal fever in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 85% of hospital consultant episodes for meningococcal fever required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 53% of hospital consultant episodes for meningococcal fever were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 47% of hospital consultant episodes for meningococcal fever were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 84% of hospital consultant episodes for meningococcal fever required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Hospitals & Medical Clinics: Meningococcal disease

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Medical news summaries about treatments for Meningococcal disease:

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Meningococcal Disease (General): DBMD (Excerpt)

Bacterial meningitis can be treated with a number of effective antibiotics. It is important, however, that treatment be started early in the course of the disease. Appropriate antibiotic treatment of most common types of bacterial meningitis should reduce the risk of dying from meningitis to below 15%, although the risk is higher among the elderly. (Source: excerpt from Meningococcal Disease (General): DBMD)

Meningococcal Disease (General): DBMD (Excerpt)

People who qualify as close contacts of a person with meningitis caused by N. meningitidis should receive antibiotics to prevent them from getting the disease. (Source: excerpt from Meningococcal Disease (General): DBMD)

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