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Bacterial meningitis is often fatally misdiagnosed as the flu

Bacterial meningitis is often misdiagnosed because it has symptoms similar to the flu. The earlier the diagnosis, the better the prognosis. The risk of contracting the disease seems to increase in group setting such as college or school camps. Vaccination can prevent four of the five strains of the disease. 10% of the 3,000 Americans who contract bacterial meningitis die.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by News 14 Carolina

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About: Bacterial meningitis is often fatally misdiagnosed as the flu

Date: 4 November 2004

Source: News 14 Carolina


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