World Meningitis Day 2019 – Raising Awareness
Today is World Meningitis Day and we are writing this post to raise awareness for what this disease is, and how it affects the human body. Over one million people each year will get meningitis. Continue reading more about what meningitis is, and how it can affect the human body.
What is Meningitis?
Meningitis is the inflammation of the spinal cord area and the brain. It can either be a parasitic, bacterial, or viral infection. This disease can be incredibly deadly and should be taken very seriously.
The symptoms are a stiff neck, seizures, sensitivity to light, sudden fever, headache with nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and confusion. Sometimes a rash may appear. If you ever feel as though any of these symptoms are an issue, please seek immediate medical attention.
How is Meningitis Spread?
Meningitis is spread by a few types of common bacteria. People can avoid meningitis by regularly washing their hands, avoiding dairy, not sharing food with others, and not sharing a toothbrush. Meningitis is most common in newborns, adolescents, pregnant women, and the elderly. As with most diseases, those who have a compromised immune system, such as HIV or AIDS, alcoholism, diabetes or drugs, are at risk. There are vaccines that can help stop the spread of certain strains. Make certain that you check with your doctor at your next appointment to make certain you have gotten these vaccines.
Are There Famous People Who Have Gotten Meningitis?
As we always say, it is important to remember that diseases affect everyone, no matter where they come from or who they are. We are all made of the same genetic material that will get affected. Some celebrities who have had meningitis include:
- Brad Pitt
- Victoria Beckham
- Roger Daltrey
- Ian Rush
- Lisa Snowden
- Peter Andre
Do you know of someone who has had meningitis? Did you know what meningitis is, or did this post help to educate you? Are there any other awareness days coming Comment below!