Rite Aid is well aware of the dangers of meningitis – an illness that can have serious ramifications. Bacterial meningitis is an infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. The bacteria can also cause other severe illnesses including infection of the blood (sepsis). Meningococcal disease is spread from person-to-person via respiratory and throat secretions (e.g. coughing, kissing, sharing utensils, etc). The most common symptoms are a sudden onset of headache, stiff neck and high fever. Additional symptoms may include vomiting, nausea, increased sensitivity to light, confusion, chills, lethargy, seizures and a rash. Meningitis can cause permanent complications, such as learning disabilities, hearing loss, and even brain damage. In overwhelming infections, shock, coma, or even death may occur within several hours. About 4,100 cases of bacterial meningitis, including 500 deaths, occurred each year between 2003–2007 in the United States. Although it causes serious illness and can be deadly, most people recover from meningitis.
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