Meningitis

What is Meningitis?
Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection. High fever, headache, and stiff neck are common symptoms of meningitis in anyone over the age of 2 years. These symptoms can develop over several hours, or they may take 1 to 2 days. Other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, discomfort looking at bright lights, confusion, sleepiness and coma.

How is Meningitis transmitted?
Bacterial Meningitis is contagious. The bacteria are spread through the exchange of respiratory and throat secretions (i.e., coughing, kissing) Enteroviruses, the most common cause of viral Meningitis, are most often spread from person to person through faecal contamination. Enteroviruses can also be spread through respiratory secretions (saliva, sputum, or nasal mucus) of an infected person.

Why should I take the Meningitis vaccination?
Bacterial Meningitis can be quite severe and may result in brain damage, hearing loss, or learning disabilities. The symptoms of viral Me

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