What are the symptoms?
Usually sudden and like a cold: running nose, coughing, sneezing, fever, and feeling generally sick. People with this disease are visibly sick and their symptoms may rapidly become more severe. These more severe symptoms include loss of interest, sleepiness, or confusion. There may be a fine spotty pink rash. Sometimes the rash becomes large dark (bruise-like) patches. Some ill people may also have intense headache or stiff neck.

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1. What is meningococcal disease?
2. Where does it come from?
3. How is it spread?
4. What are the symptoms?
5. How long can a person spread the bacteria?
6. Who is at risk for illness?
7. What is the treatment of people with meningococcal disease?
8. What do direct contacts need to do?
9. How can the risk of spreading meningococcal disease be reduced?
10. Is there a vaccine available?
11. What should I do if I suspect someone in my family has meningococcal disease?
12. Where can I get more information?