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Who's more likely to get meningitis?

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Anyone can get meningitis, but research shows it's more common in these age groups:

Meningitis is more of a danger for people with certain medical conditions, such as a damaged or missing spleen, long-term disease, or immune system disorders.

Because certain germs that cause meningitis can spread easily, outbreaks are most likely to happen in places where people live close to each other. College students in dorms or military recruits in barracks can be more likely to catch the disease, as are people who travel to areas where meningitis is more common, such as parts of Africa.

  • Children under 5
  • Teenagers and young adults ages 16-25
  • Adults over 55

From: Meningitis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Shmaefsky, B.  , 2004. Meningitis (Deadly Diseases and Epidemics)

Menaker, J.   July 2005. Journal of Emergency Medicine,

Yogev, R.  , 2005. Drugs

Gottfried, K.  June 2005. Southern Medical Journal, 

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 5, 2019

SOURCES:

Shmaefsky, B.  , 2004. Meningitis (Deadly Diseases and Epidemics)

Menaker, J.   July 2005. Journal of Emergency Medicine,

Yogev, R.  , 2005. Drugs

Gottfried, K.  June 2005. Southern Medical Journal, 

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 5, 2019

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