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Severity of meningococcal disease

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The number of bacteria in the blood determines the severity of meningococcal disease, predictably perhaps, but only recently shown in a study involving Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool, and the PHLS Meningococcal Reference Unit (MRU) in Manchester, UK.

Meningococcal disease can present as meningitis or septicaemia, or both; septicaemia carries a mortality …

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