Health care must be immediate and aggressive to prevent death
and/or serious side effects. Once meningococcal disease
is suspected or diagnosed, it is treated with heavy doses of
antibiotics. Early treatment is essential to reduce the
risk of death. However, because the disease can progress
so quickly, early treatment does not guarantee a full recovery. Antibiotics
also should be given to those in close contact with a person
who is diagnosed with meningitis.