Meningococcal meningitis

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Meningococcal meningitis is an acute bacterial disease caused by Neisseria meningitides that presents usually but not always with a rash (non blanching petechial or purpuric rash) progressively developing signs of meningitis (fever vomiting headache photophobia and neck stiffness) and later leading to confusion delirium and drowsiness. Neck stiffness and photophobia are often absent in infants and young children who may manifest nonspecific signs such as irritability inconsolable crying poor feeding and a bulging fontanel. Meningococcal meningitis may also present as part of early or late onset sepsis in neonates. The disease is potentially fatal. Surviving patients may develop neurological sequelae that include sensorineural hearing loss seizures spasticity attention deficits and intellectual disability.

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VISION Project CASK believes in a world free of the life limitations and debilitating effects of CASK gene disorders. ​MISSION To accelerate breakthroughs in research to develop treatments and a cure for CASK gene disorders. ​VALUES Collaboration. Transparency. Urgency.

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