Saturday, November 11, 2006
Hello, my name is N. meningitidis.
You can call me the meningococcus.
I am a Gram Negative cocci (round) bacteria.
I'm carried in the noses and mouths of 5-10% of people, but I don't make them sick.
They can give me to other people by kissing and sharing drinks.
I have 13 different 'serogroups' - my most deadly groups are A, B, C and Y.
These can quickly kill healthy people.
Most of the time, I cause meningitis and a special purple rash made of bleeding in the skin.
I can also infect your blood.