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Meningococcal disease – what you need to know and look out for

Meningococcal disease is an acute bacterial infection that can cause death within hours if not recognised and treated in time. Meningococcal disease is a serious illness that usually causes meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord) and/or septicaemia (blood poisoning). Rare forms of the disease include septic arthritis (joint infection), pneumonia (lung infection) and conjunctivitis (infection …