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What is it

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									What is it?
This disease is an infection of the meninges which is the
membrane that covers the brain and spinal cord. This membrane
extends from the head down the spinal column from the neck to
the base of the spine. A crystal clear fluid (spinal fluid)
circulates over the brain and spinal cord.




What are the symptoms?
When an infection occurs in under the meninges, the spinal fluid
becomes cloudy due to bacteria or viruses which create the
formation of pus cells (white blood cells fighting the infection).
As a result of the infection , a child with this disease develops a
high fever, a severe headache, a stiff neck, vomiting, listlessness
(or even unconsciousness), sometimes convulsions and
sometimes a scattered rash which looks like small (pin point) to
large (bruise-like) areas, especially on the arms and legs.




How Do You Know If Your Child Has Meningitis?

								
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