Also called meningococcal meningitis ,Caused by N. meningitidis
Gram-negative, aerobic cocci with a capsule
10% of people are healthy nasopharyngeal carriers
Begins as throat infection, rash Serotypes B, C, Y, W-135 in U.S.
Serotype B in Europe Serotype A in Africa, China, and Middle East
Vaccination (B, C, Y, W-135 capsule) recommended for college students