Essay On Meningitis

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My paper is composed of various articles I have researched and analyzed. The sources are both internet and textbook. Through analysis of the data I will provide the bases of my findings of meningitis and how it affects the body, how it is diagnosed, treated and how it can be prevented. Meningitis is an infection of the meninges, which is detrimental to the central nervous system, as such creates an imbalance in homeostasis. Since the brain is the control center of the body, if a problem develops it ultimately affects other parts of the body having the ability to function properly. It is vital to get diagnosed quickly, without proper education meningitis can be misinterpreted for another illness and if not treated can result in death. Early …show more content…
(www.cdc.gov/meningitis) There are many other factors that can play a role in the cause of meningitis such as habits, age, lifestyle, and health history. Bacterial meningitis is mostly common in babies under the age of 1, young adults ages 16-21 and older adults with medical problems. http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/adult/nervous_system_disorders/bacterial_meningitis_134,26/ Babies can contract agents of meningitis from their mothers. Group B streptococci is a common infecting organism that can be contracted from the mother. The disease is more likely to occur within a month of birth with risks increasing up to the age of two. Meningitis in older children usually stem from bacteria. Whereas in older adults, they commonly infected with pneumococcal meningitis. (Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, fourth edition, pg. 1576) Further, each form of meningitis has its own causes. Bacterial meningitis is caused by bacteria. Viral meningitis is caused by viruses. Fungal meningitis is caused by fungi. Parasitic meningitis is caused by parasites. Amebic meningitis is caused by primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) which is a rare infection of the brain. Finally, non-infectious meningitis, which is caused by diseases, disorders, drugs or trauma.

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