Early identification is essential to surviving meningitis

Meningitis is an inflammation of the protective membranes, or meninges, surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Easily mistaken as the flu, signs of meningitis may develop over several hours or one to two days. Symptoms usually include severe headaches, stiff neck, sudden high fever, vomiting, and confusion. There may be additional symptoms of nausea, seizures, drowsiness, sensitivity to light, lack of interest in eating and drinking, and, in some instances, a purplish skin rash.

An infant born infected with Group B Strep, or GBS, could develop meningitis, permanent brain damage, cerebral palsy or even die due to the infection

Group B Streptococcus, or Group B Strep, is normal flora that lives in the abdomen and genital tract.  The bacteria can live in a woman’s vagina without causing any signs or symptoms.  It is not a sexually transmitted disease.  However, a pregnant woman with Group B Strep, or GBS, can pass the bacteria on to her baby during vaginal delivery and it could lead to sepsis, bacterial meningitis, organ failure or even death of a newborn.  It is impo

A delay in diagnosing or treating bacterial meningitis can lead to brain damage, cerebral palsy, limb amputations and even death

Meningitis is an inflammation of the protective cover surrounding the brain and spinal cord due to an infection.  Meningitis can be a life-threatening condition and should be treated as a medical emergency.  The infection occurs most often in newborns, infants, children, young adults and college students due to the organisms group B strep, ecoli, listeria, nisseria or streptococcus.

A delay in diagnosing or treating bacterial meningitis can lead to brain damage, cerebral palsy, limb amputations and even death

Meningitis is an inflammation of the protective cover surrounding the brain and spinal cord due to an infection.  Meningitis can be a life-threatening condition and should be treated as a medical emergency.  The infection occurs most often in newborns, infants, children, young adults and college students due to the organisms group B strep, ecoli, listeria, nisseria or streptococcus.