Fortunately for meningococcus, we surely have the tools to prevent the next case.
Despite the “meningo-” prefix, meningococcus causes two distinct clinical diseases, each accounting for about half the illnesses.
And it is likely that the same is true of the meningococcus currently being spread.
Few infectious diseases are as frightening as meningococcus.
The meningococcus and the virus of poliomyelitis pass from the nose into the cranial cavity without local lesions in the former.
meningococcus me·nin·go·coc·cus (mə-nĭng'gə-kŏk'əs, -nĭn'jə-)
n. pl. me·nin·go·coc·ci (-kŏk'sī, -kī)
A bacterium (Neisseria meningitidis) that causes cerebrospinal meningitis.