Infectious diseases affecting the brain can range from the relatively mild to the truly life threatening. As such, it is important to recognize the symptoms of these diseases and know when and how to seek the best treatment possible for you and your family.
The three main illnesses we'll examine in this article are Bacterial Meningitis, Rabies and Viral Meningitis. Here's a preview:
- How to Prevent Bacterial MeningitisUnlike its relatively minor viral cousin, bacterial meningitis is a serious disease that can lead to brain damage, paralysis and even death. There are three types of bacteria which can cause this form of meningitis and its varieties are seen amongst a wide range of age groups. Perhaps the most familiar strain of this particular illness is meningococcus meningitis, also referred to as "dorm disease", due to the fact that young adults attending college and living in dorms have contracted the illness.
- How to Prevent RabiesIf Stephen King's tale of a vicious, frothing-at-the-mouth St. Bernard, or rumors about needed 30 shots in the stomach after being bitten by a rabid animal didn't convince you to take the threat of rabies more seriously, perhaps our article will serve as a bit of a backup nudge. Rabies is in fact, so common around the world, that some nations who are believed to be rabies free quarantine any pet coming through their borders for up to six months. It is a serious disease that requires vigilance to defend against, as any pet owner who visits the vet for vaccinations can attest. We'll sort out the facts so you can be aware of the risks and protect your pets and your family.
- How to Prevent Viral MeningitisViral meningitis closely mimics the flu and for that reason you'll want to know the difference between your standard run-of-the-mill influenza and this slightly more serious form of brain disease. Viral meningitis is also unique in that it can be spread by insect bites as well as via contact with an infected person. It is most common among young adults and is often seen throughout the year. When the virus appears in the summer it is often mosquito-borne, but in the winter it is almost assuredly the result of contact with another person who has the illness.
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