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Meningitis scare in Los Angeles

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A rare bacterial infection called Meningitis is on the move in Los Angeles and has already took the lives of three young men. ABC News reported that two of the young men were also HIV-positive.

Meningitis can be highly contagious by being contracted through the shared use of utensils, drinking after someone infected, kissing the infected person or being coughed on or sneezed on by an infected person. Long term closeness of an infected person such as a daycare for children who share toys and sleep together.

The infected persons secretions (mucus and saliva) are how the disease is transmitted to another person.

Anyone with a weak or low immune system is at higher risk of contracting the disease.

Don’t let your toddler children teeth on grocery store carts, wash your hands after coming in contact with carts and door knobs.

According to the CDC there are five different types of meningitis: Bacterial Meningitis, Viral Meningitis, Parasitic Meningitis, Fungal Meningitis and Non-infectious Meningitis.

Some signs and symptoms of meningitis are:

Confusion, nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity to light usually develop within 3 to 7 days after being exposed to the infection.

If you or anyone you know feel that you have been exposed to this infectious disease seek medical attention as soon as possible.



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