meningococcal
disease
By Jeremy Hess
Scientific Name/
classification
 Caused by bacteria known as Neisseria
Meningitidis
 N. meningitidis is Diplococci meaning
that it is spherical in shape and pairs
together
Metabolism/Habitat
 Heterotrophic- gets food from others
 Aerobic- breaths oxygen
 Lives in mucous membranes in the nose
a throat.
Adaptions/info
 N. Meningitidis has a capsule made of
polysaccharides.
 Uses pili to attach to other cells
 Endotoxin
 Gram-negative. Stains pink
 Can cause both meningitis and
pneumonia
 Only effects humans
WOW
 Carried by 5%-10% of population
 3000 people in the United States become
infected with the bacteria, and as many
as 1 in 10 of those people die.
 Common among college freshman.
BIBLIOGRAPHY
 https://health.google.com/health/ref/meni
ngitis+-+gram-negative
 http://www.dhpe.org/infect/bacmeningitis.
html
 http://who.int/mediacentre/factsheet/fs29
4/en/
 http://www.oregon.gov/dits/ph/acd/diseas
e/nmenin/facts.shtml
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