Ministry of Health has confirmed that there is an outbreak of meningitis in Kinyogoga sub-county, Nakaseke district.
Meningitis is an infection of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. These membranes are known as the meninges. It’s commonly caused by certain bacteria, with viruses and fungi also causing it under certain circumstances like in states of decreased immunity. Symptoms include fever, headache, neck stiffness, irritability, skin rashes, convulsions, visual disturbances, nausea, vomiting. Complications that can later come up include hearing loss, hydrocephalus (abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain causing the head to swell). Treatment is available but it can lead to death when not managed promptly.