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Symptoms of Meningococcal disease

Symptoms of Meningococcal disease: Introduction

The symptoms of meningococcal disease can resemble symptoms of other diseases, such as influenza. They include fever, headache, stiff neck, irritability, and nausea and vomiting. Symptoms can develop rapidly and dramatically, within minutes to hours. Fever can be very high and the headache can be intense. There may also be sensitivity to light, and a purple or red rash may appear.

Symptoms can progress rapidly, leading to confusion, lethargy, seizures, loss of consciousness, coma. Death may occur within days.

In infants, signs of meningococcal disease can include excessive crying, excessive sleepiness, difficulty with feeding, and a bulging of the soft spot on the top of the head.

Serious complications of meningococcal disease include kidney failure and permanent neurological damage, such as blindness, hearing loss, brain damage, and paralysis....more about Meningococcal disease »

Symptoms of Meningococcal disease

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Meningococcal disease includes the 56 symptoms listed below:

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Meningococcal disease: Complications

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Meningococcal disease: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Wrongly Diagnosed with Meningococcal disease?

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Meningococcal Disease (General): DBMD (Excerpt)

High fever, headache, and stiff neck are common symptoms of meningitis in anyone over the age of 2 years. These symptoms can develop over several hours, or they may take 1 to 2 days. Other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, discomfort looking into bright lights, confusion, and sleepiness. In newborns and small infants, the classic symptoms of fever, headache, and neck stiffness may be absent or difficult to detect, and the infant may only appear slow or inactive, or be irritable, have vomiting, or be feeding poorly. As the disease progresses, patients of any age may have seizures. (Source: excerpt from Meningococcal Disease (General): DBMD)

Meningococcal Disease: DBMD (Excerpt)

Fever, headache and stiff neck in meningitis cases, and sepsis and rash in meningococcemia. (Source: excerpt from Meningococcal Disease: DBMD)

Meningococcal disease as a Cause of Symptoms or Medical Conditions

When considering symptoms of Meningococcal disease, it is also important to consider Meningococcal disease as a possible cause of other medical conditions. The Disease Database lists the following medical conditions that Meningococcal disease may cause:

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Meningococcal disease: Onset and Incubation

Onset of Meningococcal disease: The onset of the disease may be rapid and may start with an upper respiratory infection or sore throat. The infection occurs more often in winter or spring and may cause local epidemics at boarding schools, college dormitories, or military bases.

Incubation period for Meningococcal disease: 2-10 days, typically 3-4 days.

Incubation period for Meningococcal disease: symptoms can develop over several hours, or they may take 1 to 2 days. (Source: excerpt from Meningococcal Disease (General): DBMD)

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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Meningococcal disease. This signs and symptoms information for Meningococcal disease has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Meningococcal disease signs or Meningococcal disease symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Meningococcal disease may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Meningococcal disease symptoms.


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