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Is Meningitis A Dangerous Disease
Depends on agent: Meningitis is defined as an inflamation(generally caused by infection) of the tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord.The agent may be bacterial (like strep/staph/meningococcus); viral, fungal or parocitic.Some viral cases are mild & resolve without special rx. Most bacterial are deadly if untreated & may damage even with rx. Fungal & paracitic causes are also deadly & often harder to rx. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Potentially fatal: Although we have seen a great reduction of the bacterial meningitis frequency in the us since the introduction of the hib vaccine in the '90's, bacterial meningitis does still occur and may be devastating.It is more common in unvaccinated populations & includes several agents.The case fatality & complication rate varies with the germ and how quickly treatment is started. ...Read more
Yes: Outbreaks of serious disease are well known. College dorms and military barracks are famous for outbreaks. Newborn nurseries have had outbreaks. In bad cases all family and school contacts should receive prophylactic treatment. In some settings the cdc has to get involved and develops strict isolation requirements. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe: If someone has severe meningitis the germ may also trigger total system failure, including respiratory failure. This would be more common in the Meningococcal meningitis than many others as it can produce toxic agents that effect the blood pressure and circulation early in the illness. ...Read more
Respiratory: Most cases are from infections of the respiratory tract. In infants it can be gastro-intestinal. Some come from genital infections (syphilis or gonorrhea). Bacteria get into the blood stream and go to the meninges. Sinus or teeth or ear infections may spread to the brain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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