Did you know that meningococcal meningitis is getting worse in Africa but in 2014, there was nothing lower than the number of deaths that year in Africa? Meningococcal meningitis is a disease in Africa that stretches from in the west to Ethiopia in the east which is throughout 26 countries in Africa. But it is getting worse because of many vaccines and antibiotics in less countries.

    What is meningococcal meningitis? It is a bacterial form of meningitis. It affects the brain and the spinal cord. Meningococcal meningitis carries bacterial in a part of your throat called the pharynx but doesn’t make you ill. The disease can invade your blood stream and now is considered as a medical emergency. Symptoms can appear suddenly so once found, treat soon.

     Meningococcal meningitis impacts Africa in many different ways. The disease stretches throughout 26 countries in Africa. The people in these countries are affected as well too. Babies, young children, and teenagers between ages 15 and 19 have a better chance of getting meningococcal meningitis. But not only children get the disease, adults can also get it too. 50% of the untreated cases of meningococcal meningitis are deadly. In order for the disease to

spread from person to person, it has to come from the section of someone’s throat.

    There are many symptoms and treatments for meningococcal meningitis. Vaccines are available in 15 out of the 26 countries the disease is in. You can also treat it with antibiotics. Some of the symptoms for adults are headaches, fevers, vomiting, and more. Children could breath rapidly, cry unusually, or refuse feeds. 5% to 10% of the people with symptoms of meningococcal meningitis die within 24 to 48 hours of it.

     In conclusion, meningococcal meningitis is getting worse in Africa because of vaccines and antibiotics in Africa not being in the countries it should be in.