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Meningitis matters

Cases of meningitis in young people have made it one of the nation's most talked about diseases. Two cases have been reported at Southampton University, where there were two deaths from meningitis last year. Most of the University's 4000 students took up the offer of meningitis vaccination at the start of this term but the vaccine only gives 80 percent protection. There was also considerable media coverage of an incident where a woman in a bus queue thought (correctly) that the child of another woman in the same queue had the symptoms of meningitis. The mother was taking her child to the GP but instead he was rushed to hospital where he was found to be in a critical condition but his life was saved.

Researchers at the University of Aberdeen have been given £80,000 by the Meningitis Research Foundation to aid their efforts to develop a vaccine against group B meningococcal meningitis, which causes 50-60 percent of meningococcal disease in Britain. The Foundation is also backing other research projects in the UK.

Source: BBC Online

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