What is meningitis?
Meningitis is an acute infection of the meninges, the protective membranes that coat the brain and spinal cord.
Meningitis is classified as a medical emergency because the inflammation is so close to the brain and spinal cord, it might be life-threatening.
What are the signs and symptoms of meningitis?
- having a headache
- stiffness in the neck
- disturbed state of mind
- distinctive rash
- insufficient nutrition
What are severe consequences meningitis can drive to?
- becoming deaf
- epilepsy: neurological condition characterised by abnormal brain activity
- hydrocephalus: growth of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the brain's ventricles (hollow places).
- cognitive impairments: a deterioration in a person's mental processes