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RIVM investigates the increase of W-variant meningitis

RIVM investigates the increase of W-variant meningitis

The national Institute for public Health and the Environment (RIVM), will investigate the need for measures against a certain meningokok bacteria that meningitis causes. The variant in question, which is the letter W said, the last few years in percentage terms is much more frequent.

In the period from October 2015 to march 2017 were 79 people with the W-variant infected, of whom nine died. In the years that came before the contamination with the W-bacterium, five to six times per year, according to the RIVM on Wednesday.

The symptoms are similar to those of the contamination by other meningokok-bacteria, but the W comes as any in all age groups for. Normally stores the disease, especially among young people.

Meningitis is easy to treat in people who are on time medical help have invoked, but, on average, eight out of one hundred people die there anyway.

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