Infection caused by Neisseria Meningitidis Serogroup B

Neisseria Meningitidis Serogroup B

Neisseria meningitidis serogroup B (also referred to as MenB) is bacterium that is one of the primary causes of meningitis and septicaemia, both of which can lead to severe health complications and even death if they are not quickly identified and treated in time. Serogroup B is the most common form of meningococcal disease in the United States.

MenB can be acquired by direct contact with an infected individual, often through saliva or other body fluids, but it can also be acquired through contact with an infected person’s respiratory secretions. It is important to be aware of any possible exposures as MenB infection can become severe in a short amount of time.

MenB infection can cause a wide variety of symptoms due to the damage caused to the body’s tissues. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • High fever
  • Severe headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Stiff neck and back
  • New or worsening rash
  • Confusion
  • Sleepiness
  • Seizures

If any individual is displaying any of these symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Early diagnosis and treatment can greatly improve an infected person’s prognosis.

MenB infection can be treated with antibiotics, although sometimes treatment may be delayed if it is not immediately suspected. Vaccines have been developed to help reduce the risk of MenB and other forms of meningococcal disease. It is important to discuss vaccination with a health care provider, especially for travelers to parts of the world where the risk of infection may be higher.