Kissing many 'risks meningitis'
Kissing with tongues enables the potentially deadly meningococcal bacteria to pass between partners. [...]
[...] It is known that around one in 10 teens carry meningococcal bacteria. [...]
[...] In addition to kissing multiple partners, a history of preceding illness, and being a student were linked to an increased risk of disease, while attendance at a religious event was linked to a lower risk. [...]
[...] "They tend to think they are impervious and will live forever. But if the message is this is something that could kill them in three days, it's a little more adjacent." [...]
[...] Linda Glennie, head of research at the Meningitis Research Foundation, which funded the study, said: "I don't expect teenagers to become nuns and monks for the duration of their university career, but I would encourage them to be aware of the symptoms." [...]