Dengue gone Meningococcal in - Delhi's Daily Life

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has taken out an 'public ad' for prevention of Meningococcemai & Meningitis, calling upon doctors to report the same to them.

The symptoms are High fever, Headache, vomiting, stiffness or neck pain, Skin rash/bluish or purplish discolouration/blotches, seizures, altered senses or impaired senses, cold and dry skin with a weak pulse. These symptoms can develop over several hours, or they may take 1 to 2 days. Early diagnosis and treatment are very important. If symptoms occur, the patient should see a doctor immediately.

As per Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (of the American Government)

"meningitis is an infection of the fluid of a person's spinal cord and the fluid that surrounds the brain. Meningitis is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection.Viral meningitis is generally less severe and resolves without specific treatment, while bacterial meningitis can be quite severe and may result in brain damage, hearing loss, or learning disability. Bacterial meningitis can be treated with a number of effective antibiotics. It is important, however, that treatment be started early in the course of the disease."

The bacteria are spread through the exchange of respiratory and throat secretions (i.e., coughing, kissing). MCD has recommended :-

(i) Washing hands before and after eating

(ii) Use of handkerchief while coughing or sneezing.

Wikipedia has details on the diseases: Meningitis and Meningococcemaia

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