MINSK, 28 Mar – Sputnik. For the year in Belarus, 10-13 people die from the lightning course of meningitis, said Professor of the Department of Infectious Diseases of the Belarusian State Medical University, Sergei Zhavoronok.
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Over the past 10 years, mortality from meningitis has decreased by half, but the fulminant forms of the disease – the so-called meningococcal sepsis – continue to kill. Significantly improve the performance of doctors managed through the use of antibiotic prophylaxis at the first suspicion of meningococcemia.
In the world, mortality from meningococcal infection is 5% of cases, that is, every twentieth person becomes ill.
The specialist recalled that the typical symptoms of meningitis are severe headache, high fever, sometimes vomiting, and rashes on the legs and buttocks at later stages. At the first suspicion, an ambulance must be called.
In Gomel, on March 11, a 16-year-old schoolgirl died suddenly of meningitis, and in February a 2-year-old boy died of meningitis.
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