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2009-08-24 11:00:00

NEW YORK, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- School nurses and families affected by a potentially deadly form of meningitis today launched a national consumer education initiative, called Voices of Meningitis. The initiative strongly urges parents to vaccinate preteens and teens, who are at greater risk of getting meningococcal disease, including meningococcal meningitis--a rare, but serious bacterial infection. To view the Multimedia News Release, go to:...

2009-08-24 07:00:00

NEW YORK, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- School nurses and families affected by a potentially deadly form of meningitis today launched a national consumer education initiative, called Voices of Meningitis. The initiative strongly urges parents to vaccinate preteens and teens, who are at greater risk of getting meningococcal disease, including meningococcal meningitis -- a rare, but serious bacterial infection. To view the Multimedia News Release, go to:...

2009-08-13 13:12:00

HOUSTON, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dressed in camouflage and armed with the facts of disease and prevention, Meningitis Teen Angels (MA) launched their new national meningitis pre-teen and teen back-to-school campaign today: Stomping Out Meningitis. Meningitis Angels was founded in memory of Ryan Milley, who died at the age of 18 from meningococcemia, a severe infection of the bloodstream caused by the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis. This is the same bacteria which causes...

2009-05-19 13:37:16

British medical scientists say they have discovered how meningococcal bacteria break through the body's natural defense system to attack the brain. University of Nottingham researchers said their discovery could lead to better treatment and vaccines. The scientists said it can take just hours after symptoms appear for someone to die from bacterial meningitis, which in childhood is nearly exclusively caused by the respiratory tract pathogens Streptococcus pneumoniae, Neisseria meningitidis and...

2009-05-13 14:47:00

It can take just hours after the symptoms appear for someone to die from bacterial meningitis. Now, after years of research, experts at The University of Nottingham have finally discovered how the deadly meningococcal bacteria is able to break through the body's natural defense mechanism and attack the brain. The discovery could lead to better treatment and vaccines for meningitis and could save the lives of hundreds of children. Bacterial meningitis in childhood is almost exclusively caused...

2009-05-11 07:30:00

Mothers of Children Personally Affected By Meningococcal Meningitis Reach Out to Other Families at www.nmaus.org/panel MARIETTA, Ga., May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Lori Buher and Marybeth Leeber each watched her child ravaged by meningococcal disease (also known as bacterial meningitis) -- enduring comas, painful skin grafts, organ transplants and multiple limb amputations. Jane Hession and Kathy Huddleson both lost an otherwise healthy child to the disease within hours of their first symptoms....

2009-04-24 11:38:00

HOUSTON, April 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Meningitis Angels, a national organization, will recognize World Meningitis Day (WMD) by enjoining Angels from around the world. The organization was founded in memory of Ryan Milley, the only child of Bob and Frankie Milley, and since has grown to include over 600 families in the U.S. and some 30+ abroad. Frankie Milley serves as the national executive director and also works very hard as a children's health and immunization advocate. Milley,...

2009-04-20 05:00:00

World Meningitis Day is April 25, 2009 BALTIMORE, April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The first annual World Meningitis Day begins April 25, 2009 and is gaining national support. The day is meant to raise awareness and educate Americans about the dangers of contracting the Meningococcal disease. "We recognize the dangers of meningitis and the importance of being vaccinated against the disease," said Fran Lessans, CEO of Passport Health, the largest provider of travel medical services and immunizations...

2009-03-12 14:30:00

Funds to be used for surveillance of meningococcal disease in Latin America and the Caribbean Region WASHINGTON, March 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF), a not-for-profit organization in the United States, has announced the receipt of a $1,236,672 million grant from sanofi pasteur, the vaccines division of the sanofi-aventis Group. The purpose of the restricted grant is to reinforce surveillance and knowledge -- based on laboratory...

2009-01-27 07:00:00

National Meningitis Association Urges Parents to Protect Their Preteens and Teens through Vaccination MARIETTA, Ga., Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- What began for Gerald Pe as a pleasant day at the beach quickly turned into a fight for his life and resulted in him losing portions of his feet and suffering organ failure. Lynn Bozof's son, Evan, called home from college to say he had a terrible headache, and within hours was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit; Evan died 26 days later. Gerald and...


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2011-04-25 16:38:12

Neisseria meningitidis is a heterotrophic gram-negative diplococcal bacterium best known for its role in meningitis and other forms of meningococcal disease such as meningococcemia. It is a major cause of morbidity and mortality during childhood in industrialized countries and is responsible for epidemics in Africa and in Asia. In the US there are approximately 2500 to 3500 cases of N. meningitides infections. Children under 5 are at a higher risk as well as people in the sub-Saharan...

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  • The navel or umbilicus.
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