What Should We Know About Meningitis B?

Q:
What should we know about meningitis B?

A:
Meningitis B is an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. People from 10 to 25 years old have the highest rate of catching the disease.

Meningitis B is an infection caused by bacteria. Patients’ spinal cord and brain are affected. The disease may later lead to a blood infection.

Symptoms:

  • A stiff neck
  • Confusion
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Fatigue

Ways of spreading:

  • Sharing drinks or food or eating utensils
  • Kissing
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Living in close quarters

Severe consequences:

  • Hearing loss
  • Vision loss
  • Brain damage
  • Death within 24 hours

Vaccine:
The vaccine can protect people from getting the disease. In the U.S. people aged 10 to 25 can get a vaccine. But in places where there have been outbreaks, people from all age groups can get it.

 

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