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Meningitis Fast Facts
About 1.2 million cases of bacterial meningitis occur worldwide each year. Between 600 and 1,000 of those cases occur in the United States
The fatality rate for bacterial meningitis in the US is approximately 10-15%. When bacterial meningitis goes untreated, the fatality rate can be as high as 70%.
About 20% of people who survive bacterial meningitis are left with permanent, severe complications.
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More than 20% of the cases of bacterial meningitis are in young people between the ages of 11 and 24.
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Meningitis Caregiver Tips
Children are especially susceptible to meningitis, so it’s important for parents to educate themselves about the disease.
Know the symptoms of meningitis. Learn the early warning signs of meningitis, and be prepared to seek medical help if you see them. Prompt treatment is vital in the case of bacterial meningitis.