CoMO urges global communities to stop meningitis

The Confederation of Meningitis Organizations has urged people throughout the world to be a part of Join Hands Against Meningitis, an effort to lessen the global impact of the potentially deadly disease.

The announcement comes before World Meningitis Day on Tuesday, which calls for people to learn more about the signs and symptoms, vaccines available and urgency to treat meningitis. Meningitis is a potentially lethal inflammation of the spinal cord and brain.

CoMO's call to action encourages communities, families and individuals to learn more about the disease, which can result from bacteria, a virus or other microorganisms. Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide suffer life-long disabilities or die from meningitis. The most common and severe form of the disease, bacterial meningitis, causes approximately 170,000 deaths around the world annually.

"World Meningitis Day gives us the opportunity to remind communities that meningitis is a deadly disease and one that can cause death or permanent disability in hours," Bruce Langoulant, the president of CoMO, said. "People need to know the signs and symptoms, the importance of urgent treatment and the preventive role of vaccines. Anyone can get meningitis and empowering people with knowledge about the disease could save a life. We encourage global communities to unite in the fight against meningitis this World Meningitis Day."

Symptoms in the early stages of the disease include vomiting, stiff neck, sensitivity to light, fever, vomiting, headache, muscle and leg pain, and drowsiness. Many types of meningitis can be prevented with a vaccine.