An Outbreak of Meningitis Has Been Hitting the U.S. this Year.
The Meningitis outbreak of 2012 has been hitting headlines as more and more people are getting infected. Sources say about 13,000 people received steroid shots that are suspected to be in connection to the Meningitis outbreak of 2012. Are you at risk? Learn about the Meningitis outbreak of 2012 and know how to protect yourself and loved ones.
What is Meningitis?
Meningitis is the inflammation of the membranes that covers the brain and spinal cord, usually caused by an infection of the fluid that surrounds the spinal cord and brain. Meningitis can develop in response to bacteria and viruses, injury, cancer or different types of drugs. Severity and treatment differs from case to case.
It is important to know that there are 5 kinds of Meningitis that include bacterial, viral, parasitic, fungal, and non-infectious.
Symptoms of Meningitis
Symptoms of Meningitis include high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, vomiting or nausea, confusion, seizures, sleepiness, sensitivity to light, and no appetite. See a doctor when fever, stiff neck, headache, confusion, and vomiting occur. It is hard to know what is wrong with you or your loved one without going to the doctor and getting a test done and there are a few tests that are available. It’s possible to mistake the early symptoms with the flu. Symptoms can develop over a few hours or one or two days.
Keep yourself and your family healthy by washing hands, staying healthy, covering your mouth and maintaining a healthy immune system. Meningitis can be spread through coughing, sneezing, sharing food, drinks, utensils, or kissing.
Sources say it isn’t clear how many people are at risk but the CDC and the FDA have been investigating the 2012 outbreak. The multistate investigation is inspecting fungal meningitis among patients that have received an epidural steroid injection (to help relieve chronic pain) that is potentially contaminated. The good news: the CDC says that fungal meningitis is not contagious and not transmitted from person to person.
In this Meningitis outbreak of 2012, the CDC has noted 105 cases in 9 states and11 deaths as of Wednesday, October 10, 2012. Keep checking on the CDC’s website to learn of more updates on the Meningitis outbreak of 2012.