Tshwane cautions about meningitis

2011-10-11 12:54

A total of 27 cases of meningococcal meningitis have been reported in Tshwane since May, the city said today.

“Last year, 28 cases of meningococcal meningitis were reported in Tshwane [between May and September], and this year 27 cases have already been reported,” spokesperson Dikeledi Phiri said in a statement.

Meningococcal meningitis is the most dangerous type of meningitis, with infants being the most at risk.

Its symptoms are fever, severe headaches, nausea and vomiting, stiffness of the neck and legs, tiredness, sleepiness, light-sensitive eyes, confusion, skin rashes and seizures, primarily in children.

Treatment is essential to ensure recovery. One in 10 cases is fatal, and one in seven survivors is left disabled.

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