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Bacterial meningitis andmeningococcal septicaemia (NICE clinical guideline 102)

Published: 01/06/2010

This guideline was produced by the National Collaborating Centre for Women’s and Children’s Health (NCC-WCH) on behalf of the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

  • Bacterial meningitis is an infection of the surface of the brain (meninges) by bacteria that have usually travelled there from mucosal surfaces via the bloodstream. Meningococcal septicaemia – or blood poisoning – occurs when the bacteria in the blood multiply uncontrollably.
  • Meningococcal disease can appear as meningococcal meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia, or a combination of both.