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World Health Assembly’s 1st resolution on Meningitis

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  • March 16, 2021
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World Health Assembly’s 1st resolution on Meningitis

Part of: GS Prelims and GS – II – Health In news

  • World Health Assembly endorsed the 1st ever resolution on meningitis prevention and control recently.

Important value additions 

Meningitis 

  • It is a serious infection of the meninges – the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord
  • It is a major global public health issue causing up to 5 million cases each year.
  • It can be caused by many different pathogens including bacteria, fungi or viruses. 
  • The highest global burden is seen with bacterial meningitis.
  • Examples of bacteria: Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, Neisseria meningitidis 
  • Transmission: Person-to-person through droplets of respiratory or throat secretions from carriers.

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