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Old 08-19-2011
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Hi all:

Does N. Gonococci have capsule? In FA it says no, but there is one explanation from UW SA2 and it says N. Gonococci has capsule.

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N Gonorrhea :
Gram negative diplococci
Glucose fermenters, IgA protease secretion
N. goNOrrhea: no polysaccharide capsule, no maltose fermentation, no vaccine
Patients with gonorrhea can also develop PID and septic joints
Newborns can contract neonatal conjunctivitis from birth canal. Sx develop 3-5 days after birth. Prophylax (administer at birth) with erythromycin eye ointment (silver nitrate can cause chemical conjunctivitis).
Look for Chlamydia co-infection

N Meningitidis:

N. meningitidis: has a polysacc. capsule, ferments maltose, vaccine available
Humans are sole reservoir. Transmission via nasopharyngeal aerosols/secretions.
Capsule inhibits phagocytosis. Sheds endotoxin that causes shock.
Infection starts with prodrome: cough, headache, sore throat. Can very rapidly progress to fulminant meningococcemia or meningitis.
Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome: hemorrhage into adrenal glands in setting of meningococcemia
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