Ashleigh De-Andrade from Southport, UK, was happily going about her life. She has just returned from a small vacation and was planning for her wedding.
However, those good times were not to be. De-Andrade started to feel a bit uneasy after her vacation from Hafan y Môr Holiday Park in North Wales. She complained of a high temperature and decided to take a nap to feel better.
De-Andrade woke up due to excessive sweating. She was rushed to the hospital. However, she suffered multiple seizures before passing away. Doctors revealed the cause to be MENINGITIS.
Meningitis is an inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord, known as the meninges. It is typically caused by an infection, most commonly by bacteria or viruses, although it can also be caused by other factors such as certain medications or underlying health conditions.
The most common types of meningitis are bacterial and viral meningitis:
Bacterial Meningitis: This form of meningitis is caused by bacteria, with the most common bacteria being Streptococcus pneumoniae and Neisseria meningitidis. Bacterial meningitis is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention. It can spread through respiratory droplets or close contact with an infected person. Symptoms may include severe headache, high fever, neck stiffness, sensitivity to light, confusion, and nausea.
Viral Meningitis: Viral meningitis is more common than bacterial meningitis and is usually caused by various viruses, including enteroviruses, herpes simplex virus, and influenza viruses. It is generally less severe than bacterial meningitis and often resolves on its own without specific treatment. The symptoms are similar to bacterial meningitis but tend to be milder and include fever, headache, stiff neck, sensitivity to light, and fatigue.
Meningitis can also be caused by fungal infections, parasites, and non-infectious factors such as certain medications, cancer, or autoimmune diseases. The symptoms, treatment, and prognosis may vary depending on the specific cause of meningitis.
Prevention of meningitis includes vaccination against common bacterial causes, such as the meningococcal and pneumococcal vaccines, practicing good hygiene, maintaining a healthy immune system, and avoiding close contact with individuals who have contagious infections.
(Input from various media sources)