Gilbert, RD, Rodney, Dr
rgilbert at ich.uct.ac.za
Thu Nov 23 05:23:08 EST 1995
In article <48s7no$571 at newsbf02.news.aol.com> drgonsong at aol.com (DrgonSong) writes:
>From: drgonsong at aol.com (DrgonSong)
>Subject: Meningiacoccymia ???
>Date: 21 Nov 1995 04:56:08 -0500
>A young friend of mine has just died from a virus? called
>meningiacoccymia (spelling uncertain). It is apparently related to
>meningitis, but is very rare & quite deadly. No one here (laypeople)
>seems to have any coherent information about this disease. This young
>woman became ill with a sore throat & flu-like symptoms, was given
>antibiotics & sent home. She went to the ER when she started vomiting.
>The doctors apparently identified it after she broke out in a rash &
>rushed her to a hospital in Seattle. She died the next morning. Any
>information re incubation period, origin, transmittal would be greatly
This is a bacterial disease. The organism is Neisseria meningitidis, AKA
meningococcos. It is not all that rare, and is quite common in Cape Town. It
may cause meningitis alone or a septicaemic illness with a characteristic rash
which actually consists of skin infarcts. The septicaemic form may be
associated with septic shock and disseminated intravascular coagulation, and
has a high mortality rate.
The organism may be carried in the naso-pharynx, and is spread by droplet
spray. The incubation period is short (1-3 days). Close contacts should be
treated with rifampicin to avoid secodary cases.
Hope this is useful.
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