Every Minute Counts When it Comes to Meningitis
Meningitis is a serious infection of the meninges; it is a devastating disease and remains a major public health challenge. While the disease can be caused by many different pathogens, the highest global burden is seen with bacterial meningitis.3
Distinguishing bacterial from viral meningitis based on clinical presentation alone is challenging. Getting fast, pathogen-specific answers can help save lives and guide appropriate therapy. That’s because time to diagnosis is critical. Bacterial meningitis can be fatal in healthy people in 24 to 48 hours.4 The right treatment depends on quick identification of the pathogen as bacterial, viral, or yeast.
Furthermore, patients with suspected meningitis are often treated empirically pending diagnostic results.5,6 This can mean lengthy hospitalizations and unnecessary antimicrobial use, all of which add to the overall cost of care.