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Measles

An acute infectious disease caused by the measles virus. Early symptoms include a low-grade fever, dry cough, pinkeye and cold symptoms. Later, tiny white spots develop, lining the inside of the cheeks, and a red rash on the body appears.

Meningitis

An infectious disease characterised by inflammation of the meninges (the tissues that surround the brain or spinal cord) usually caused by a bacterial infection. Symptoms include headache and stiff neck, fever and nausea. Some strains of meningitis can be life threatening.

Microorganisms

Any microscopic form of life, in health care settings the term is used to describe bacteria and similar organisms that cause infectious diseases.

Mission statement

An organisation’s mission statement describes its ‘reason for being’. It may talk about the organisation’s values or standards; such as customer service, commitment to quality etc.

Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)

Staphylococcus aureus are bacteria that live on our bodies and are not normally harmful to us. However at times they may cause minor skin infections, ( pimples, boils), abscesses, pneumonia, meningitis and septicaemia. There is a strain of bacteria that does not respond to antibiotic treatment. When there is an outbreak of this strain of the bacteria care is taken to isolate clients so that the micro-oganism does not spread to other clients.