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    Cold weather sees spurt in meningitis among children

    One of the physically demonstrable symptoms of meningitis is Brudzinski's sign

    The onset of cold weather in Ho Chi Minh City has seen more children admitted to hospitals with meningitis, health officials say.

    A total of 16 children have been treated for meningitis at the Children?s Hospital No.2 this month, while it was just five during the same peak time for the disease last year.

    On Friday, the hospital had 10 in-patients with the disease.

    Truong Huu Khanh, dean of the Infection and Mental Disease Department at Children?s Hospital No.1, said 22 children were inpatients for meningitis at present, including five to six critical cases treated in ICUs (intensive care units).

    Khanh said the cold weather has led to the condition, which is mostly seen in infants less than a year old.

    He advised parents to keep their children warm and have them treated immediately when they started to have otitis or sore throats.

    When the children develop fever with vomiting, headache, convulsions or loss of consciousness, there is risk of deafness, brain failure and epilepsy, Son said.

    Source: VNA