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Pol. Merkur. Lek (Pol. Med. J.), 2012, XXXIII/197: 255-260 Maximize

Pol. Merkur. Lek (Pol. Med. J.), 2012, XXXIII/197: 255-260

Title: Invasive meningococcal disease

Authors: Sokołowski R., Targowski T.

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Invasive meningococcal disease

Sokołowski R., Targowski T.

Military Institute of Medicine in Warsaw, Central Clinical Hospital of the Ministry of National Defense, Department of Internal Medicine, Pneumonology and Allergology

Invasive meningococcal disease a serious problem for public health. Two severe clinical manifestations – spinal meningitis and septicemia – are diseases extending very rapidly with serious prognosis. Pathogenic bacterium – Neisseria meningitidis – is the only natural reservoir in human beings. In Poland during the last 10 years, the incidence of meningococcal disease is steadily increasing with localized outbreaks of epidemic. Treatment of infection is effective when the early diagnosis has been done. In the recent years, significant progress has been made in immunoprophylaxis of infections, and the introduction of vaccines against Neisseria meningitidis into the national calendar gave the significant reduction of invasive infection.

Key words: invasive meningococcal disease, meningococcal meningitis, Neisseria meningitidis

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