World Meningitis Day

Every year, World Meningitis Day is celebrated on April 24, for raising awareness regarding the prevention, diagnosis, treatment of Meningitis. It also aims at providing and improving support for people affected by the Meningitis.

World Meningitis Day is led by the Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (COMO) involved in raising awareness as well as bringing healthcare practitioners, meningitis organizations, and survivors together from more than 35 countries. The organization advocates for meningitis vaccination worldwide.

Meningitis is an inflammation of the meninges, the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. The infected fluid surrounding the meninges leads to the development of Meningitis. It is characterized by signs and symptoms including fever, headache, vomiting, drowsy, confusion, rash, seizure, muscle & neck pain, and dislike of bright light. Meningitis is classified as viral meningitis, bacterial meningitis, fungal meningitis, parasitic meningitis, and non-infectious meningitis.

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Facts about Meningitis

  • According to the Confederation of Meningitis Organizations, every year approximately 5 million people are suffering from meningitis worldwide. Every year around 300,000 people die due to Meningitis worldwide.
  • Viral meningitis is the most prevalent type of meningitis.
  • Multiple vaccines are needed for protection against different types of meningitis. Meningitis vaccines prevent tens of thousands of deaths every year.
  • Meningitis leaves around 1 in 5 people with an  impairment including the cerebral palsy, depression, sight loss, organ damage, limb loss, brain injury, and hearing loss

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