you're at no risk at all -- for 99% of cases.
BUT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! see below................
With the deadliest form of meningitis, meningococcal meningitis, there is a concern for treating close contacts (which really means household contacts, and others like you who might have had saliva contact). About 15% of those close contacts might also come down with bacterial (deadly) meningitis within the 2 weeks after contact with an active case.
But in November, you are in the middle of enterovirus season -- almost a guarantee that your friend has viral meningitis. Nothing for you to worry about.
Just ask her what KIND of meningitis the doctors said she has.
And if she truly had meningococcal meningitis, the doctors would be tracking you down for treatment, as would the public health department.
How important is it to get the meningitis vaccination for travel to Ghana?
You'll be fine, sweetheart. I just got back from Ghana and I did have the menigitis shot however it really is not that serious of a problem, especially in the city, like Accra or Kumasi. The north has a bigger problem with it and I wouldn't stress about typhoid shot. I didn't have mine and ate at some pretty seedy places and no typhoid. I was there for five months with no health problems. Also, I knew many Ghanaians and no one had ever died or been maimed in anyway other than malaria. I had my malaria pills which I took for the first month then quit because I kept forgetting and I didn't get malaria although there were some foreign exchange students that did get it. It's supposed to suck but it's totally curable.
Pure water is okay to drink by the way. If it tastes like pond water (I had one once that was really bad) then throw it away. Try to stick with Mobile water but the vendors will look at you funny if you try to look at the pure water then don't buy it. They'll think you speeding up (acting crazy) a little bit. Don't stress about health. You'll be fine.
How can you tell the difference between bacterial meningitis and viral meningitis?
When did you first become ill if it was 3 days or more ago then it is viral otherwise you would be dead. If it has been less then 3 days go to you local ER asap and tell them what your dr told you. Your dr is an idiot for saying that the only way to see if it is meningitis is to do an LP or grow blood cultures. I think what you have is viral because if it was bacterial you would not be able to be sitting on the computer.
For all you know you don't have Meningitis at all.
Good luck and i hope your feeling better soon
What's the difference between meningitis and lyme disease?
Meningitis is inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord, known collectively as the meninges. Meningitis may develop in response to a number of causes, usually bacteria, viruses and other pathogens, but also physical injury, cancer or certain drugs
Lyme disease, or borreliosis, is an emerging infectious disease caused by at least three species of bacteria belonging to the genus Borrelia (such as ticks)
well someone would actually have to come down with meningitis for everyone to get tested. If you are concerned you can always ask the doc for a test anyway. The doctors usually look for a fever, rash, vomiting, headaches and check your lymph nodes for inflammation and ask you if you have any pain in your neck especially if you turn your neck up and down. If you have any of these early symptoms then they upgrade to a lumbar puncture to test for it. It isnt as painful as it used to be because they use anesthetics and has its risks but it can tell for sure if it is meningitis. Bacterial meningitis is treatable with antibiotics, viral meningitis has to run its course out of the body.
There are two forms of Meningitis. Bacterial and Viral. I had bacterial and it was diagnosed by performing a spinal tap. Usually the symptoms are:
Fever and chills
Stiff neck (patient may not be able to curl up in bed with nose to knees)
Irritability and drowsiness
Eyes that are sensitive to light
Delirium and confusion (uncommon)
As far as your symptoms they may be a reaction to the immunization, but in lieu of the above, perhaps it's not Meningitis, but rather your reaction to the shot itself. If you truly believe you have contracted Meningitis, then you may have to submit to a spinal. Not fun because the side effects can be long term Migraines. Think twice and don't react as a result of what may be a hunch.
Meningitis is caused by a virus (which isn't serious) or a bacterial infection (which is a serious medical emergency). It is not hereditary. You're still susceptible to meningitis, and you should definitely see a doctor if you show symptons, but you aren't necessarily more likely to contract it.
Common symptoms (of both types) are a sore neck, a severe headache increased sensitivity to light and sound, a high fever (usually accompanied by chills), nausea, and twitching. A minority of people also develop seizures during the time, and children sometimes become delirious.
In regards to your last sentence, while many people go their entire lives without contracting meningitis, there's no evidence that they have an actual immunity.
Presence and duration of a High fever (Over 103), Head ache, Stiff neck when looking up and down, Upper respiratory symptoms, such as runny nose, cough or other cold symptoms, Lethargy. All symptoms of Meningitis.
If you really had it you wouldn't be going about your daily routine you wouldn't want to move anywhere.