Encapsulated gram negative diplococci
Quadrivalent vaccine prevents disease by serogroups A/C/W-135/Y
Colonizer and cause of invasive disease such as meningitis.
Generally of little significance when cultured from nonsterile sites
Invasive meningococcal disease is notifiable - report to Public Health
Contact and droplet precautions until 24hrs of appropriate antimicrobial therapy
Prophylaxis may be required for close contacts and healthcare workers