• Rapid Onset

    A 22-year-old boy from Castelfranco Veneto, died of meningococcal meningitis serotype B. It started from rhinitis and nosebleeds, progressing to low-grade fever, headache, marked fatigue, vomiting. He got worse overnight with  difficulty breathing, pain and weakness in the lower limbs and spots on the trunk and face. He was taken immediately to the emergency room and […]

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  • Rash Test

    The Meningitis Research Foundation experts said, “A rash can be one of the clearest and most specific signs of meningococcal meningitis and septicemia to recognize”.  The rash could look like pink or reddish pin-prick or purplish spots on the skin that might resemble a bruising. It’s important to get medical attention right away if you or […]

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  • Most Vulnerable

    Meningococcal meningitis is a serious disease caused by a bacterium, Neisseria Meningitidis or the meningococcus bacteria. It can affect the brain & spinal cord and also the blood. It affects anyone of all ages but the most at risk are the children under 5 years old, adolescents & young adults. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment […]

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  • Close Contacts

    The Ministry of Public Health are working on a strong prophylaxis operation to avoid and even detect possible infections. A 14-year-old boy was diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis and about 30 close contacts are medicated and monitored to assess their health.  As Miguel Coria, head of Sanitary Zone 1, said, “This disease is spread from person […]

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  • Get Seen

    Meningitis Now chief executive Dr Tom Nutt said: “Research has shown that up to a quarter of 15 to 24-year-olds carry the bacteria that cause meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia in the back of their throats compared to one in 10 of the general population.’ The charity is warning people to assess their symptoms including fever, […]

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  • Teen Outreach

    Molly Ringwald teams up with the National Meningitis Association (NMA) for – the 16 Vaccine Initiative – to help parents and their teens in getting to know about the importance of meningococcal meningitis vaccine. NMA President Leslie Maier, who lost her son Chris to meningococcal meningitis when he was just 17 years old, encourages parents to […]

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  • Bacteria Protection

    The results of their study led by Professor Robert Read and Dr Jay Laver from the NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre and the University of Southampton, was published in the journal Science Translational Medicine. The work is the first of its kind where they inserted a gene into a harmless type of a bacteria, that allows […]

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  • Double Transplant

    Beyza Dogan, 24 year-old Turkish woman lost both of her arms and legs after contracted meningococcal meningitis while living in Cologne, Germany, four years ago. Her kidneys collapsed due to blood poisoning and two years ago, her mother, Mihriban Dogan, 54, donated a kidney to her. With the help of Dr. Levent Yilmaz, a general […]

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  • Don’t Procrastinate

    Invercargill man Michael Moncur, then18-year-old in 2018, contracted meningococcal B. He was one of three students to fall ill with meningitis and doctors gave him a 10% chance of survival. It was confusing and shocking to find out what had happened on waking up after three days in a coma. He is now focused on […]

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  • Fighting for her life

    A South Australian 21- year old woman became infected with meningococcal meningitis & is fighting for her life. The Adelaide woman is in intensive care unit & the serogroup has yet to be identified. SA Health reported 2 cases so far of invasive meningococcal disease this year. Watch for symptoms & get help immediately if […]

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