By: Grace Brusegaard
What Causes Meningitis?
Meningitis can either be caused by a viral, bacterial or fungal infection. The bacterial infection happens when bacteria gets into your blood stream and travels to your brain. A viral infection can be caused by a number of viruses and a fungal infection causes chronic meningitis which is not infectious. Another cause is that people in foreign countries can't get the vaccine and their environment is full of bacteria so they're more likely to get Meningitis. Also in some cases by getting the West Nile virus it can turn into Meningitis.
How is Meningitis transmitted?
What are the symptoms for Meningitis?
- Terrible headache
- Stiff neck
- Nausea and vomiting
- Be confused or have trouble focusing
- Have seizures
- Be sensitive to light
- Have trouble waking up and/or being very tired
- You might have a loss of appetite or not want to drink
- If you have Mennigococcal Meningitis you could get a rash
How do you test for Meningitis?
What is the treatment/cure for Meningitis?
How do you prevent Meningitis and what are the complications if not treated right away?
What are the different forms of Meningitis?
What are some statistics/facts about Meningitis?
- 10% of the people in the world that carry Meningitis bacteria never actually develop Meningitis.
- 4,100 cases of Meningitis were reported last year and of those cases there was 500 deaths.
- Meningitis used to kill 70% of the people that got infected.
Where is Meningitis the most common?
What was the test back then compared to now?
Epidemics over the years
Diagnosis over the years
People in the past with Meningitis
Addie Joss, a pitcher for the Cleveland Bluebirds lived from 1880-1911. He was second in the world for ERA( earned run average) but during baseball season he started getting the symptoms of Meningitis and he had to quit. On April 13th he got a lumbar puncture to prove that he had Meningitis. There was still no treatment for it so on April 14th, 1911 he died.
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