Current concept in the management of acute bacterial meningitis
Department of Medicine, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, P.M.B. 2370, Sokoto, Nigeria
S A Balarabe Department of Medicine, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, P.M.B. 2370, Sokoto Nigeria
Though largely considered a disease of the so called dry and hot "African meningitis belt," meningitis is assuming a global public health problem. Recent emergence of resistant strains of bacteria has resulted in increased morbidity of and mortality attributable to meningitis. This review addresses recent developments in the pathogenesis and diagnosis of this largely neglected disease as well as their implications for its management. A preventive strategy, particularly mass vaccination is advocated. The possible impact of climate change in the epidemiology of meningitis is highlighted.