Meningitis

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Meningitis is a life threatening disease which can be caused by bacteria, viruses and microorganisms[1]. It causes swelling of the membrane protecting the brain and the spinal cord therefore is a very dangerous condition, if not treated it results in death[2]. Meningitis is treated using antibiotics most commonly and can be detected by a number of symptons including; stiff kneck, headache, a fever, vomiting and rashes[3].   

As the symptoms are similar with flu, people are usually mistaken and this can lead to serious development of the disease, especially for young children.

There are two types of meningitis currently known which are bacterial meningitis and viral meningitis. Viral meningitis tends to be less serious, however this is not always the case, whereas bacterial meningitis is much more severe and if not treated can lead to death within several hours[4].

References

  1. http://www.patient.co.uk/doctor/meningitis.htmfckLRfckLRReference to what causes the disease
  2. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1473309907700506fckLRfckLRSwelling information
  3. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2FBF01720413fckLRfckLRReference to symptoms
  4. http://www.webmd.com/children/understanding-meningitis-basics#1
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