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What is meningitis?

Meningitis is the inflammation of the membranes that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Some bacteria that cause meningitis can also cause septicaemia (blood poisoning).

10 per cent of bacterial cases of meningitis result in death.

One in three of those who survive bacterial meningitis are left with aftereffects such as brain damage, hearing and sight loss, and where septicaemia has occurred, loss of limbs and scarring.

Bacterial meningitis kills more UK children under the age of five than any other infectious disease.

Viral meningitis is usually less serious than the bacterial sort, but it can still leave people with long-lasting after-effects such as headaches, fatigue and memory problems.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 28, 2018
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