Meningitis is the inflammation of the thin layer of tissues covering the brain and spinal and cord that is generally caused by a bacterial, viral or fungi infection. It can also be caused by a head injury or other infections. The bacterial form of meningitis is the most dangerous, sometimes leading to death. Symptoms of meningitis include fever, headache, vomiting, sensitivity to light, irritability, stiff neck and a skin rash. If left untreated, it leads to more serious symptoms, such as seizures and even coma.
Individual and Group Safety Information
The following safety precautions can be taken to help prevent the spread of meningitis:
- Avoid overcrowding.
- Do not share drinking bottles, glasses, cigarettes, lipstick or other items that may be covered in saliva.
- Avoid smoky and dusty places.
- Teach children not to share cups, soft drink cans or sports water bottles.