WORLD MENINGITIS DAY
World Meningitis Day is April 24, every year. The goal is to spread the word about meningitis, how to spot it and what causes it. It’s also a day to promote the importance of vaccines.
Meningitis is an inflammation of the fluid and membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. Every year more than 1 million people worldwide are affected by meningitis.
There are three main types of meningitis infection: bacterial, viral and environmental. Infection is by far the most common cause of meningitis and is caused by many different germs: viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites.
Aftereffects can be life-changing and may include: memory loss, deafness, loss of sight, epilepsy, paralysis, limb loss, organ damage, and brain damage.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Learn more about meningitis and its symptoms. According to the Confederation of Meningitis Organizations (CoMO), doing so can save a life. Meningitis advances swiftly and can kill in just hours. While vaccines reduce risk, not all forms of meningitis are vaccine preventable. Find out more by visiting MeningitisNow on Facebook. Use #MeningitisNow, #MeningitisDay, or #WorldMeningitisDay to follow on social media.
World Meningitis Day is an initiative of the worldwide Confederation of Meningitis Organizations (CoMO) which began in 2008.