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ALERT: Rising Meningitis Cases Spark Concerns in the US

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United States: Recently, another health threat has knocked on the doors of the United States, heightening the worries of the health authorities and healthcare personnel. Following the noticed hike linked to the increase in rare bacterial illnesses that can lead to meningitis and even death, health officials have issued a warning.

In addition to this, the federal health agency – the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), issued an alert to the doctors of the United States and asked them to closely monitor the increase in the cases of one type of invasive meningococcal disease.

The official data released by CDC outlined that the United States reported the highest number of the meningitis cases in 2023, i.e. 422, since 2014. It is noteworthy that in 2024, the number of cases have reached up to 143 cases – which shows that the total number of cases during the current year might surpass the number of cases reported in previous years.

Additionally, along with the 422 cases, 17 people succumbed to the infection.

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The CDC reviewed the scenario and reported that the cases were highly found among adults – aged 30 to 60, Black people, and people who suffered from HIV.

Meningitis and its possible impact on humans!

The bacteria is known to cause severe impact to brain and spinal cord inflammation. The common symptoms which are experienced by individuals, if they are suffering with meningitis, are headache, stiff neck, fever, vomiting and nausea. Along with this, the bacteria can also result in bloodstream infection which can result in symptoms like fatigue, cold feet and hands, child, diarrhea, rapid breathing.

Additionally, an infected person can develop a dark purple rash in later stages.

Drugs and antibiotics against the infection!

According to health experts, quick treatment against the infection is very important. They also claim that the infection can be treated with antibiotics. While emphasizing the major complications faced by infected people, the health authorities mentioned that approximately 10 percent to 15 percent of the infected people die because of the infection; along with this, some who survive the infection deal with deafness or amputations – because of the infection.

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The health officials have further outlined that as of now, no vaccine against the meningococcal disease has been discovered. However, health officials have asked that all children must receive a meningococcal conjugate vaccine – which will offer them protection against the rising strain of the infection.

In addition to this, the CDC has advised parents to make sure that their child gets the vaccine at the age of 16, as in certain cases, the protection offered by the vaccine fades away. People with higher risk and weakened immune systems are also asked to get vaccines against the disease.

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