Legendary British rock guitarist dies of bacterial meningitis

British rock and roll musician Jeff Beck, known as one of the world’s three greatest guitarists, died on January 10 at the age of 78.

Jeff Beck Died of acute bacterial meningitisA message on his official social media platforms read: He contracted bacterial meningitis suddenly and passed away peacefully yesterday. ”

Beck was born in Warrington, England in 1944. In 1965, he joined his British rock band, The Yardbirds, and went on to found his two other bands, Jeff He Beck His Group and Beck, Bogart & Appice. His notable releases include ‘Heart Full of Soul’ and ‘I’m A Man’.

The news of Beck’s death rocked the music industry, with many taking to social media to express their condolences.

What is Bacterial Meningitis?

Acute bacterial meningitis is a rapidly progressing disorder of the layers of tissue surrounding the brain and spinal cord (meninges) and the fluid-filled space between the meninges (the subarachnoid space) caused by bacterial infection. Inflammation.

The brain and spinal cord are covered by three layers of tissue called “meninges.” The subarachnoid space is located between the middle and inner layers of the meninges that cover the brain and spinal cord. This space contains cerebrospinal fluid, which flows through layers of meninges to fill the space within the brain and provide a cushion to the brain and spinal cord.

When bacteria invade the meninges and subarachnoid space, the immune system reacts, causing inflammation during the confrontation between the immune cells and the invading bacteria.

Causes of meningitis

According to the World Health Organization, meningitis It is a devastating and highly fatal disease that can lead to serious long-term complications (sequences). Many organisms can cause meningitis, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites.

Above all, bacterial meningitis is of particular concern. About 1 in 10 people with bacterial meningitis will die and 1 in 5 will have serious complications.

Acute bacterial meningitis has four main causative agents: Meningococcus (meningococcus), Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus), Haemophilus influenzae, and Streptococcus agalactiae (group B streptococci).

These bacteria are responsible for more than half of all meningitis deaths worldwide and can also cause other serious illnesses such as sepsis and pneumonia.

The route of infection differs from organism to organism, and the incubation period also differs from organism to organism. For bacterial meningitis, usually he is 2-10 days.

Treatment of meningitis

Zheng Jie, a medical doctor at the University of Tokyo in Japan, said in an interview with The Epoch Times on Jan. 22 that bacterial meningitis is a medical emergency and should be treated immediately. Prompt antibiotic treatment is usually effective, and the corticosteroid dexamethasone is often used to reduce brain edema.

“Symptoms of acute bacterial meningitis vary with age,” Zheng said. Adults can become seriously ill within 24 hours, and children even sooner. Meningitis can cause coma. , death can occur within hours.Bacterial meningitis is one of the rare diseases in which patients die while they sleep.Patients may even be healthy young people with mild symptoms. However, once you fall asleep, you may never wake up again. Such sudden and rapid deaths are often the result of cerebral edema.”

Early symptoms of meningitis include fever, headache, stiff neck (most common), confusion or decreased consciousness, and sensitivity to light.

Ellen Wang

Ellen Wang has been working for The Epoch Times Japan since 2007.

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