Neisseria meningitidis

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Neisseria meningitidis, spherical bacteria that cause meningitis in humans. The bacteria are typically seen in pairs, each one concave on the side facing its partner. Meningitis is an inflammation of the meninges, the membranes enclosing the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms include intense headache, fever, loss of appetite, intolerance of light and sound, muscle rigidity and, in severe cases, convulsions, vomiting and delirium leading to death. Bacterial meningitis is treated with antibiotics of sulfonamides. Magnification-27.000x.

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