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Meningitis After briefly overhearing a conversation about a form of meningitis that is affecting college students knowing that a majority of us are college students and that I have even known someone with this disease my hunt for more information on this topic began After speaking with my girlfriend who had seen the special 2020 did on this disease and looking up some information on the Internet I decided that all parents college students etc should know more about this disease and how it starts The documentary on 2020 discussed a form of meningitis called Meningococcal Meningitis that feeds on the masses which is why college students are so susceptible to this form of meningitis The definition of meningitis is an inflammation of the lining surrounding the brain and spinal cord There are two types of meningitis viral and bacterial the latter being the more serious Meningococcal meningitis is a bacterial form of meningitis which masks itself as a severe form of the flu and can cause severe illness sometimes fatal A small percentage of the population carries the meningococcal bacteria in the nose and throat in a harmless state for a few days to a few months However by being a carrier these individuals seem to have protection from it developing into a disease state During epidemics the number of those carrying the bacteria may approach 95 but less than 1 may develop the disease which suggests that an individuals health status plays a huge role in whether or not this happens This is why college students are so highly prone to getting this disease because one it thrives amongst a mass of people ie dormitories where it can be passed not only by touching and sharing eating utensils but also by kissing and having contact with any bodily secretions or excretions Two since most college students do not get much sleep because they stay up late studying andor partying their immune
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