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Acute Communicable Disease Control


Acute Communicable Disease Control

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County of Los Angeles
Department of Public Health
Acute Communicable Disease Control
313 N. Figueroa Street, Room 212
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 240-7941
Fax: (213) 482-4856
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Acute Communicable Disease Control
Meningitis and Meningococcal Disease

Meningitis - inflammation or infection of the membrane covering the spinal cord and brain - is most commonly caused by a virus or a bacteria. While meningitis caused by either organism is serious, viral meningitis is typically not a severe illness and is rarely fatal. Bacterial meningitis can be quite serious depending on the organism - particularly if caused by S. pneumoniae or N. meningitidis.

Meningococcal disease - infection caused by the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis - usually causes meningitis or meningococcemia (blood stream infection) which can develop very rapidly. It is considered a very serious public health emergency and is fatal in about one in 10 patients. Prophylaxis is recommended for close contacts.




Reporting, Diagnosis, and Disease Investigation

Meningococcal Disease (For Health Officers and Communicable Disease Controllers)


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