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- A systemic infection with the bacterium Neisseria meningitidis, a Gram-negative diplococcus that is relatively fastidious. Despite treatment with appropriate antibiotics, this disease may have a fulminant course with a high likelihood of mortality.
- 13 serogroups have been described on the basis of capsular polysaccharide antigens; serotypes B, C, and Y account for most of the cases in the US. Serogroup Y accounted for 30% of cases between 1996 and 1998.