Despite the “meningo-” prefix, meningococcus causes two distinct clinical diseases, each accounting for about half the illnesses.
Fortunately for meningococcus, we surely have the tools to prevent the next case.
Few infectious diseases are as frightening as meningococcus.
And it is likely that the same is true of the meningococcus currently being spread.
The meningococcus and the virus of poliomyelitis pass from the nose into the cranial cavity without local lesions in the former.
meningococcus me·nin·go·coc·cus (mə-nĭng'gə-kŏk'əs, -nĭn'jə-)
n. pl. me·nin·go·coc·ci (-kŏk'sī, -kī)
A bacterium (Neisseria meningitidis) that causes cerebrospinal meningitis.