Meningitis is a serious disease characterized by inflammation of the meninges, the protective covering that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. Meningitics can be caused by infection with a bacteria, virus, or fungus, and it can be deadly if it is not treated promptly. When not fatal, it may result in brain damage, hearing loss, or learning disabilities. Meningitis, Second Edition examines the forms of the disease, as well as its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments.
Deadly diseases affect everyone. Although not all cases are fatal, each disease causes a degree of harm and discomfort to those whom it afflicts and sometimes can have long-lasting consequences. Each book in the series Deadly Diseases and Epidemics takes the reader through all aspects of a disease-from its history and causes or method of infection to its treatment and prevention. The books provide a foundation for understanding the basics of microbiology, immounology, and epidemiology.
About the Author
Date of Birth:February 27, 1947
Date of Death:December 26, 2007
Table of Contents
Foreword David Heymann 6
Preface and Dedication 8
1 Meningitis: A Silent Disease 9
2 Meningitis-Attack on the Nervous System 15
3 Bacterial Meningitis 33
4 Viral Meningitis 47
5 Other Types of Meningitis 57
6 Epidemiology 72
7 Diganosis, Treatment, and Prevention 85
Further Resources 113