What do direct contacts need to do?
People in direct contact with the nose and throat discharge of an infected person should talk to their doctor, clinic, or the Klickitat County Health District, about treatment with antibiotics. Direct contacts can include household members, sexual contacts, health care workers giving unprotected mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, and childcare staff and playmates. Casual contacts such as school classmates or co-workers do not require antibiotics. Antibiotics are given to reduce the number of meningococcal bacteria in the nose and throat to prevent illness or spread to others.

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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?