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Postexposure Evaluation and Follow-up

Course Number: 472

Healthcare-associated Exposure to Neisseria meningitidis (N. meningitidis)

N. meningitidis is transmitted from person-to-person by direct contact with respiratory secretions and saliva and by inhalation of airborne droplets generated by coughing or sneezing. HCP with close or lengthy contact with a patient with meningococcal disease are considered at increased risk of infection and should receive PEP, i.e., antibacterial prophylaxis.21 Close monitoring for respiratory depression and severe hypotension is recommended.