Mississippi State Department of Health

Meningococcal Disease


Meningococcal disease is a rare cause of meningitis, a bacterial infection and swelling of the brain and spinal cord which can result in permanent brain damage and death. It can also cause a serious blood infection, meningococcemia, which can result in loss of toes, fingers, limbs. Meningococcal infection is characterized by fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea and rash.

Additional Resources

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Links referenced
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)    http://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/
local health office,    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/19,0,166,html

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