Bacterial illness caused by Neisseria meningitidis
Several forms of illness may occur
Overwhelming meningococcal sepsis
Preceded by upper respiratory infection
Fever, chills, myalgias/arthralgias, malaise
Often self-limited, resolving in several days
Wear mask and gloves, observe droplet precautions.
ICU admission for overwhelming sepsis with respiratory isolation
Respiratory isolation admission for mild meningococcemia
Notify department of health in any suspected case.
Watch for late development of pericardial tamponade.
Do not wait to give antibiotics.
Apicella M. Neisseria meningitidis. In: Mandell GL, Bennett JE, Dolin R, eds. Principles and Practice of Infectious Disease. 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Churchill Livingston Els...
A39.2 Acute meningococcemia
A39.3 Chronic meningococcemia
A39.4 Meningococcemia, unspecified
4089001 Meningococcemia (disorder)
186365005 Acute meningococcemia
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