What Is Meningitis Group C?

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    Features

    • Meningitis group C is the most common form of meningitis in Europe and the Americas, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Symptoms include stiff neck, headache, fever, sensitivity to light and vomiting.

    Prevention/Solution

    • The CDC recommends children and teens ages 11 through 18 receive the meningococcal conjugate vaccine, which is protective against "4 types of meningococcal disease."

    Treatments

    • Early treatment greatly influences the outcome of the disease. All groups of Neisseria meningitides---as well as other types of bacterial meningitis---are treated with antibiotics, according to the CDC.

    Considerations

    • Meningitis C spreads in clusters through small outbreaks, reports the WHO. Diagnosis is made through a spinal tap, which withdraws spinal fluid in order to check for the meningitis bacteria.

    Warning

    • According to the CDC, 10 percent of people who contract meningitis from Neisseria meningitidis bacteria die, and many others experience brain damage, deafness or other permanent injury. Call your doctor if you suspect you have contracted this disease.

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