is aggressive, develops quickly and can lead to permanent disability or death in a matter of hours if no medical attention is sought.
It is fatal in approximately 50% of meningitis cases and accounts for around 170,000 deaths around the world each year.
Most cases ofare caused by:
- Haemophilus Infuenzae Type B/
What are the Signs and Symptoms of?
The symptoms are usually flu-like with a runny nose, irritable, hates bright lights, fever, and maybe seizures. Visit our signs and symptoms page for the full list.
Please do NOT wait for a rash to appear before seeking medical attention!
What is the treatment for?
is life threatening and needs urgent medical attention. To diagnose properly what strain or type of , the patient requires an invasive procedure called a which is a needle inserted into the base of the spine to test the spinal fluid for the bacteria. Once or if the strain is determined, the patient is then given antibiotics to aid their recovery.
How and why do you get meningitis?
can affect anyone, anywhere and at any time. It is not seasonal, age or cultural bias. Infants in particular are more prone to contracting because their immune system is so immature.
Teenagers and young adults are known to be the biggest carriers of the disease because they socialise in close knit groups, attend festivals and mosh pits, parties, have late nights and share, food, cigarettes, drinks and engage in intimate kissing where transmission of the bacteria is more likely.