Meningitis Beware, Little 2-10 Years Esophageal Most Vulnerable

Thursday, April 28, 2011 Label:
Infectious diseases of the brain lining and spinal meningitis attack the most vulnerable children aged 2-10 years. Although the case in Indonesia, most patients are those who have grown up.
"In Indonesia, which many abroad are adults. But be dangerous if returned to Indonesia and pass it to their children," said Head of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee of Experts Prof. Dr.dr. Sri Rezeki Hadinegoro, Sp.A (K) in a media briefing "Let's Protect the Nation, Prevent Meningitis" in the Hotel Aryaduta, Jakarta, Thursday (28 / 4).
World Health Organization (WHO) recorded approximately 5-10 percent of people affected will die of meningococcal meningitis disease. Even the deaths occurred in those who are diagnosed and receive treatment.
Every year, on average 500,000 cases of meningococcal disease occur in the world that resulted in 50,000 deaths. Moreover among those who survived, one in five people will suffer prolonged complications such as brain damage, learning disabilities, hearing loss and loss of limbs.
Professor Sri Rezeki mention bacteria that cause meningitis disease was not found in Indonesia. But that does not mean that the Indonesian people despite the threat of the disease because of the many residents who travel abroad, including to countries endemic meningitis as the "African Meningitis Belt."
"In Indonesia there is no meningitis germs are, generally can be imported, there are going to endemic locations and become ill or be a" carrier "(carrier of germs)," said Sri.
Meanwhile, Vice Chairman of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee of Experts (ITAGI) and Chairman of the Adult Immunization Task Force-IDI Prof PAPDI Dr.dr. Samsuridjal Djauzi, Sp.PD-KAI call the most effective means of prevention against meningitis is through vaccination.
"Vaccination is the most effective because it can prepare the immune system prior to exposure to germs and increase the body's ability to fight infection when it occurs," said Samsuridjal.
Some states have set requirements for anyone who enters the country must be vaccinated against meningitis to prevent transmission, such as Saudi Arabia states that it is a destination of pilgrims.
Head of Health Ministry of Health Dr Haji Taufik Tjahjadi, SpS mention of vaccines must be made at least 10 days before departure to ensure optimal protection from the vaccine.
"Therefore, it is very important for all people who will go to Mecca to get the immunization of at least 10-14 days before departure," he said.
Source: Antara
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