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A 6 moth old baby succumbed to meningococcal septicaemia secondary to meningococcal meningitis, a bacterial cause of inflammation of tissue surrounding the brain. The baby’s family has been given prophylactic antibiotics to prevent further tragedy, eventhough as much as ¼ of the population carry the bacteria in their nasopharynx without being affected. Prognosis of meningococcal septicaemia in adults is around 50% with early identification of the symptoms of the disease, which include a non-blanching rash, headaches, photophobia, lethargy and neck stiffness, and use of antibiotics paramount to survival. Meningitis can also be caused by a virus, but this form of the disease is less severe.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Evening Times Online
About: Meningitis claims a young victim
Date: 16 November 2005
Source: Evening Times Online
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