Meningococcal Meningitis

Meningitis is an inflammation of the lining surrounding the brain and spinal cord. This condition can be caused by several different organisms such as bacteria and viruses.

What is Meningitis?

Meningitis is an inflammation of the lining surrounding the brain and spinal cord. This condition can be caused by several different organisms such as bacteria and viruses.

Viral Meningitis is more common and usually occurs in the late Summer and early Fall. Sometimes, abdominal discomfort, chest pain, or a rash will be present. The central nervous system is involved with possible alteration of consciousness or paralysis; however, these more serious conditions are infrequent. Most cases of viral meningitis run a short, uneventful course. Since this is a virus (like the common cold), antibiotics are not effective. Likewise, persons who have had contact with viral meningitis patients do not require any treatment.

Bacterial Meningitis is a rare disease, but can be very serious and requires treatment with antibiotics. It can occur sporadically throughout the year.

One form of bacterial meningitis is Meningococcal meningitis. This form can cause very grave illness. It requires early diagnosis and treatment. Untreated Meningococcal infection can be fatal.

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