Meningitis - What is it?

Meningococcal meningitis is a bacterial form of meningitis, a serious infection of the thin lining that surrounds the brain and spinal cord, that can cause severe brain damage and is fatal in 50% of cases if left untreated.1 The meningococcal bacterium is found worldwide, with outbreaks mainly occurring in sub-Saharan Africa, which is known as the meningitis belt, and stretches from Senegal in the west to Ethiopia in the east.1  However, infrequent cases and outbreaks also occur in New Zealand and other countries.2

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