Meningitis: Young bride dies a few hours after the wedding
In New Zealand, a young woman died of meningitis just a few hours after her wedding. The 26-year-old apparently knew nothing about her infection. However, she felt worse and worse during the wedding. A short time later, she was dead. Health experts point out that if an infection occurs, go to the hospital quickly.
The most beautiful day of life was her last
As for so many people, the day of their wedding should be the best day of life for 26-year-old Jamieka McCarthy Harford from Auckland, New Zealand. But for the young woman it was the last day of her life. According to media reports, the New Zealander suddenly felt uncomfortable during the wedding. Just a few hours later, she died of a bacterial infection that caused her to develop meningitis (meningitis).
Death from meningococcal infection
"The Auckland Regional Public Health Service confirmed that the young woman had died of meningococcal," said a report from the news portal "9News".
Meningococci are bacteria that settle in the nasopharynx of humans and, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), can be detected there in about ten percent of the population without any clinical symptoms.
They are most commonly transmitted as a droplet infection. When talking, coughing or sneezing, the bacteria escape into the air in small droplets from the nasopharynx and can be inhaled from a short distance.
In addition, the pathogens can be transmitted as a smear infection, for example by touching the nasal secretions, even in close contact with the sick. Outside the body, the bacteria die quickly.
According to health experts, two forms of meningococcal disease can occur individually or together:
“Meningococcal diseases develop as meningitis in about two thirds of the cases. In about a third of the cases, the course is characterized by sepsis, ”the RKI writes on its website.
The onset of illness is usually very sudden and rapidly progressing.
If symptoms occur, go to the hospital quickly
An infection can lead to symptoms such as headache, stiff neck or nausea.
Other complaints of meningitis include fever, sensitivity to light, chills, and a clouded state of consciousness, such as excessive sleepiness or drowsiness.
Bacterial meningitis can quickly lead to severe disabilities or even death.
Basically everyone can get a meningococcal infection. However, it most often affects infants in the first year of life, small children or adolescents.
"The incubation period is usually 3 to 4 days, but it can also be between 2 and 10 days," says the RKI.
If you suspect meningococcal infection, you must go to the hospital immediately! The infection is treated with antibiotics. Vaccination against the deadly disease has been available for several years. (ad)