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FactSheet: Meningococcal disease

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin 11(6) 107 - 107 Published: 2000

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Abstract

Meningococcal disease is an infection caused by a bacterial germ known as meningococcus. Up to 20 per cent of healthy people carry the bacteria in their throat or nose without the bacteria causing illness. There are 13 different types of meningococcal bacteria.