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jugalmugal10

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Meningitis
« on: March 06, 2013, 01:34:56 PM »
Meningitis is the swelling of the membranes around the brain and spinal cord. It can kill in hours.It is usually caused by bacteria or virus, and occasionally due to fungal infections.Children under 5 are at high risk because their immune system is not fully developed.

Types of Meningitis:
Bacterial Meningitis: It is more serious as at least 50 different type of bacteria can cause meningitis.
Viral Meningitis: It is usually relatively mild, with symptoms such as headache,fever and general il- feeling.
Fungal meningitis: It is quite rare and mainly affects people with immune deficiencies.

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Re: Meningitis
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2013, 01:36:12 PM »
What are the symptoms??

jugalmugal10

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Re: Meningitis
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2013, 01:40:12 PM »
Symptoms are:
-Fever
-Vomiting
-Severe headache
-Stuff neck
-Dislike of brightlight and loud noise(Photophobia and phonophobia)
-Difficulty in waking up
-Rashes
-Feeling drowsy and confused
Other symptoms in babies include
-Tense or bulging soft spot on the head
-Refusing to eat and being irritable when picked up.

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Re: Meningitis
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2013, 01:41:44 PM »
How do people get it?? Is it fatal? Is there an incubation period?
What are the prevention methods ?

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Re: Meningitis
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2013, 01:44:23 PM »
The bacteria enters the body through the nose and throat.
Bacterial meningitis ,particularly meningococcal meningitis, is potentially fatal.
Incubation period is 5 days after infection.
There are vaccines for meningitis but they cannot prevent all the different forms of disease.