May 25, 2016 7:30 pm
Meningitis has been affecting many people, and we don’t realize how serious this disease can become. This bacterial disease is curable if it is detected in time. Meningitis is a bacterial infection that affects the brain and spinal cord.
A 16 year old girl in Bristol, England died from Meningitis, after complaining of having a severe headache. She was taken to a hospital and discharged because there was nothing wrong with her. She was readmitted later on that day and died two days after. There was also the case of Henry Walter a preschool boy that also died from Meningitis. He came home from school, ate dinner, went to bed, woke up throwing up, The next morning the parents couldn’t wake him up, he was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
There are two kinds of Meningitis; viral Meningitis and bacterial meningitis which is spread by coughing and sneezing. Bacterial Meningitis is the most severe because it can cause brain damage, unlike viral Meningitis does not cause brain damage and you can recover quickly. Fungal Meningitis is the least common, but you can catch it if you have a low immune system.
Children under the age of 5, teens, and adults over the age of 55 are prone to catching Meningitis. The most common symptoms are:
- shortness of breath
- stiff neck
In 2012 there was a Meningitis outbreak in England due to infected steroid injection where over 75 people were infected with bacterial Meningitis and 64 people died. After many people started suing, they made a civil fund for all the victims of over $200 million, but these victims are yet to receive any compensation.
Parents are advised to make sure that kids are vaccinated. Meningococcal conjugate vaccine, Meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine,and Serogroup B Meningococcal B, are the three types of vaccines that are being used to prevent Meningitis.