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Meningococcal test offers hope

Misdiagnosis of meningitis will be a medical error of the past with a new sensitive test that detects procalcitonin levels in the blood within minutes. High temperatures, neck stiffness, photophobia, headache, nausea and vomiting, and lethargy are some symptoms of meningitis that is commonly confused with influenza. Meningococcal meningitis can be treated with high dose intravenous antibiotics if detected early, but can lead to death in many cases. It can also be prevented with a vaccine.

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Date: 17 July 2005


Author: Helen Bain


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