WHAT IS MENINGITIS?
Meningitis is a disease caused by the inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord known as the meninges. The inflammation is usually caused by an infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis is also referred to as spinal meningitis. Meningitis may develop in response to a number of causes, usually bacteria or viruses, but meningitis can also be caused by physical injury, cancer or certain drugs.
TYPES, CAUSES, AND HOW THEY ARE SPREAD
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
Meningitis infection is characterized by a sudden onset of fever, headache, and stiff neck.
Brudzinski's sign of meningitis
Kernig's sign of meningitis
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If meningitis is suspected, samples of blood or cerebrospinal fluid are collected and sent to the laboratory for testing. It is important to know the specific cause of meningitis because the severity of illness and the treatment will differ depending on the cause.
For more information about Meningitis, visit the CDC website.
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