Why April 24th is So Important
It’s World Meningitis Day, and the event may be as surprising to you as the disease itself.
Most people are totally unaware of World Meningitis Day because it doesn’t get too much air time. However, spreading awareness about this harmful disease that affects thousands of people in the U.S. is important. One of the things that makes meningitis so dangerous is its symptoms—they’re easily written off by many as the flu, thus limiting the concern for those who catch it. But if gone undetected, meningitis can be fatal.
Meningitis is caused by inflamed protective membranes around the spinal cord and brain which become infected. Bacteria or virus infects them, causing symptoms such as fever, headache, nausea, and aching joints—similar to the flu. But there are also two symptoms that people with meningitis will have as well, that don’t appear if you have the flu:
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