Saturday, March 24, 2007


It is also called Spotted fever and is a type of meningitis, caused by the bacterium Neisseria meningitides. The bacteria are transmitted by sneezing and coughing. The disease occurs mostly in overcrowded areas and children are mainly the victims than the adults.

After an incubation period of 3-5 days, symptoms develop and appear suddenly when there is fever, severe headache; stiffness in the neck’s muscle and rash of small red spots appears on the trunk. Quite often the ailment enters a chronic stage when blindness, deafness and mental deterioration of serious nature may develop. Treatment, if given in time, is possible with sulphonamide or penicillin drugs but otherwise death may occur. This disease should also be treated in a hospital under the care and supervision of qualified doctors and staff but never by a layman.


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