CAIRO – 11 October 2019: The National Vaccination Center (VACSERA) has warned that Meningitis can easily spread through coughing and sneezing, as direct or indirect contact with an infected person increases your risk of getting the same virus.
A statement by the center has said the virus can also be transmitted through food or using the same utensils as the infected person.
The average incubation period is four days, but can range between two and 10 days.
The most common symptoms are a stiff neck, high fever, sensitivity to light, confusion, headaches and vomiting.
Meningococcal disease is potentially fatal and should always be viewed as a medical emergency. Admission to a hospital or health centre is necessary.
The largest concentration of meningococcal disease is in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 4,100 cases of bacterial meningitis are reported each year in the United States.
How to protect yourself against Meningitis:
• Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with warm water and soap.
• Wash your hands before eating, after using the toilet, after changing a diaper, or after tending to someone who is ill.
• Do not share eating utensils, straws, or plates.
• Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.
• Stay up to date with immunizations and booster shots for meningitis.
• Ask your doctor about immunizations before traveling to countries with higher rates of meningitis.