• Facts Please

    Bacterial meningitis also be called meningococcal meningitis is caused  by Neisseria meningitidis. There are different groups of N. meningitidis, and group B or MenB is the most common. Meningitis B infection can be spread by prolonged, close contact with an infected person and sharing saliva such as kissing, coughing, sneezing or sharing food, lipstick or […]

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  • Irish Outbreak

    Siobhan Holohan, the chief executive of ACT for Meningitis based in Galway, lost her four-year-old daughter, Aoibhe, to meningococcal meningitis in 2008. ACT was set up by Siobhan and Noel Carroll in 2011 because they felt there was an urgent need for greater awareness about the disease as well as provide support for those affected. […]

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  • Full Coverage

    New Jersey law currently requires that college students be vaccinated against meningitis ACW & Y which has been available for decades. In December, NJ Assembly proposed a law that would require that college students in residence receive a vaccine for meningitis B. According to CDC- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adolescents and young adults […]

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  • Meningitis Season

    Bacterial meningitis is a serious illness. It could kill an infected person in a matter of days if not treated promptly. There is a rise in the number of cases reported during the colder times of the year in the winter & spring months. Dr. Robert Quigley, senior vice president and regional medical director at […]

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  • Student Alert

    Researchers led by Dr. Sarah Mbaeyi from the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said “the finding highlights the urgent need to ensure that all students get vaccinated against the disease before they head off to a university”. The findings were published in the January issue of the journal Pediatrics. They found that […]

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  • Official Warning

    Recurring epidemics during the dry season between November through May, affect an extensive region of sub-Saharan Africa known as the “meningitis belt” which includes Nigeria. Health officials offer the following tips to prevent the spread of bacterial meningitis: Avoid overcrowding and ensure adequate ventilation in the home  Go to the nearest health facility if you […]

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  • Antibiotic Resistance

    The Global Meningococcal Initiative (GMI) – a leading group of scientists, doctors and public health officials published a new report in Expert Review of Vaccines that meningococcal meningitis is becoming antibiotic resistant. “Research shows that meningococcal bacteria are able to acquire genes from other strains and that genes that give the bacteria reduced susceptibility or […]

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  • Deadly Season

    Meningococcal bacteria that causes the infection can enter the body more easily through the nose and throat during cold and flu season. The bacteria can also spread from person to person when people spend time in close proximity indoors, through kissing, sneezing, coughing and sharing household items. It is important for everyone to know the […]

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  • Sneaky Killer

    An 18-year-old who was mistakenly reported to have died from a drug overdose in fact died from meningococcal meningitis. DOCTORS may be missing the symptoms of a deadly strain of meningitis in young people. A letter from public health experts has warned that teenagers who have the disease could be mistaken for being drunk or […]

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  • Fast Killer

    Sarah Joyce, from Waterloo, Huddersfield says that Enzo showed hardly any symptoms before he passed away from a “silent killer” meningitis. Little 4 year old Enzo was admitted to Calderfale Royal Hospital in Halifax on 15 November at 11:40 am, after higher-than-usual temperature. By 4pm, doctors broke the heartbreaking news to his family that he […]

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