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What is meningococcal disease?

Meningococcal disease is a bacterial infection that causes inflammation of the membranes over the spinal cord and surrounding the brain. It can also cause infection in the blood. Because it attacks the brain and spinal cord, it can also cause hearing loss, learning disabilities, or brain damage. Meningococcal disease caused by bacteria can be treated with antibiotics. But even with treatment, the disease can be fatal. The meningococcal meningitis vaccine offers some protection against meningitis.

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