Daily Health Tips: Meningitis


Today is World Meningitis Day. The theme for this year is ’24 hours; trust your instincts’. Learn about the symptoms/signs and trust your instincts if you suspect this in anyone. Better safe than sorry
In honour of this day, I repeat my post on meningitis 2 weeks ago. If you missed it, take a read. If you read it, be reminded!

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Hello everyone. I trust y’all had a great week. As I promised earlier in the week, I will be writing on meningitis today. Everyone has heard, I believe, about the outbreak in Nigeria and the fact that deaths have been recorded. What appears even more scary is the fact that it is moving from the north to the south. So, this information pertains to everyone and should be taken seriously.

Cerebrospinal meningitis is an infection of the covering of the brain and spinal cord known as meninges. The infection could be bacterial, viral or fungal. The infection making the rounds in Nigeria is linked to the organism, Neisseria meningitidis (meningococcus). This causes an upper respiratory tract infection, which can also cause meningitis when it enters the blood stream. It is a droplet infection and very contagious, spread through coughing, sneezing, kissing, sharing utensils, toothbrushes and cutlery. Thus, conditions of overcrowding may…

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