How Meningitis is spread
Meningitis can be spread when the bacteria in the bloodstream can travel through the blood brain barrier into the cerebro spinal fluid that surrounds the brain ad spinal cord, causing meningitis. It can also be spread through the exchange of respiratory and throat secretions.
Newborns and Infants
Meningitis is a very big risk for children under the age of 5. Children who do not get the right vaccinations have a high risk of getting Meningitis. Also children who go to daycare's or preschool, could catch meningitis if any of the other kids are sick and dont cover their mouths.
Symptoms of Meningitis!
There are different types of symptoms for children and adults. These symptoms can happen within several hours or over one or two days.
- Anybody over the age of 2: - nausea , vomiting, increased sensitivity to light, confusion, seizures, low blood pressure, and vision problems.
- Newborns/Infants: - constant crying, poor feeding, a bulge in the baby's' soft spot on top of the head, stiffness in the baby's' body or neck, high fever, and excessive sleepiness or irritability.
- For both age groups, Meningitis may cause red or purple skin patches, or even bluish skin coloring.
Can be found in very overcrowded areas!!!
Meningitis is most likely to be found in areas that are overcrowded and have seasonal increase in winter and spring. If you happen to live in overcrowded places, make sure you cover your mouth when your sick or try to be as far away as possible from a person who is sick.
Consider Meningitis Dangerous!
There are approximately 100,000 deaths. (80,000 of these are cases and over 4,000 of these are actual deaths). Down below is a graph of how many cases of Meningitis have increased between the years.