What is Meningitis?

, Written by Roma Villavicencio, Posted: Sat, November 16 2013 at 6:41 PM, Updated: Sat, November 16 2013 at 7:03 PM

So what exactly is Meningitis?
And what are the symptoms you should be on the lookout for?

NBC-5's Roma Villiavicenco joins us with a closer look at the virus.

Kyle, Meningitis is a disease that lives in the central nervous system. There are two forms of it, either bacterial or viral.

Today I spoke to Dr. Alan Bates and he explained that both forms of Meningitis are rare but bacterial can be deadly if not treated within 24 hours, but as kyle mentioned there is no vaccine for the type of bacterial meningitis outbreak in Princeton.

"It's something we should all be aware of. You can get your children and your young adults immunized against this. Even though this particular strain is not there, the other strains are available."

Dr. Bates says both form of Meningitis are extremely contagious. He says if you've been around anyone with the disease you should see a doctor immediately.

Some symptoms of Meningitis include fever, throbbing headaches, and a purple rash.

According to the C.D.C. all strains of meningitis are deadly in 10-15 percent of cases.

In the studio, Roma Villavicencio, NBC-5 News.

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Roma Villavicencio

NBC5 News reporter Roma Villavicencio comes from Southern California where she reported for Garden Grove TV Channel 3.

She is a graduate of the journalism/communications program at Cal State Fullerton.

Roma is very proud of her Mexican heritage. She is bi-lingual and looks forward to serving our Hispanic community.

She loves food, music and the San Francisco Giants. She lives by the slogan “viva la vida!”

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