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Cerebrospinal meningitis, an inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord caused by the common summer cold virus, is spreading in Japan, especially among children, but it can be contained by simple hygienic measures, according to a national medical center.

According to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, the number of people suffering from the disease has increased this summer. It called for greater attention to basic preventive measures, including washing hands frequently and seeking medical advice as soon as changes in cold symptoms are detected.

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