What Is Meningococcemia?

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By james
Oct 19, 2020
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Bacteria are microscopic organisms that are found all around us. A small fraction of them can be very dangerous to us, and some can even be deadly. The good news is that our natural defenses are effective, if not perfect, at keeping us safe from such dangers.

If we do become infected by bacteria then they can infect different parts of the body. In some cases, they can even infect our blood as it flows throughout our body. One example of a potentially dangerous bacterium that can infect the blood is Neisseria meningitidis, which can cause a disease known as Neisseria meningitidis in some people.

1. Meningitis

Covering our brains and spinal cord is a thin membrane known as the meninges. The membrane helps to keep the organs safe from infection, but it is not impervious to infections itself. When it does become infected, which is thankfully rare, it results in a condition known as meningitis.

An infection of the meninges is likely to cause the membrane to become inflamed, and this has the potential to cause some very serious problems. It is not always dangerous, and many people will go on to make a complete recovery. It can be very dangerous in some cases, however, and it will cause a fatality in some cases.

Meningococcemia

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