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Meningitis is an infection of the fluid of a person's spinal cord and the fluid that surrounds the brain. People sometimes refer to it as spinal meningitis. Meningitis is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection. Knowing whether meningitis is caused by a virus or bacterium is important because the severity of illness and the treatment differ. Viral meningitis is generally less severe and resolves without specific treatment, while bacterial meningitis can be quite severe and may result in brain damage, hearing loss, or learning disability. For bacterial meningitis, it is also important to know which type of bacteria is causing the meningitis because antibiotics can prevent some types from spreading and infecting other people. Before the 1990s, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) was the leading cause of bacterial meningitis, but new vaccines being given to all children as part of their routine immunizations have reduced the occurrence of invasive disease due to H. influenzae. Today, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Neisseria meningitidis are the leading causes of bacterial meningitis.
Parents may be less sure about vaccine needs for teens, new poll suggests

Parents may be less sure about vaccine needs for teens, new poll suggests

First vaccine protecting against gonorrhea provides opportunity for vaccine development

First vaccine protecting against gonorrhea provides opportunity for vaccine development

Study sheds new light on extent of lethal rat lungworm's geographic range in Florida

Study sheds new light on extent of lethal rat lungworm's geographic range in Florida

Scientists discover biological fingerprint in children with tuberculosis meningitis

Scientists discover biological fingerprint in children with tuberculosis meningitis

Pfizer initiates Phase 1 trial of investigational GBS vaccine

Pfizer initiates Phase 1 trial of investigational GBS vaccine

Survey finds parents to be least knowledgeable about invasive pneumococcal disease

Survey finds parents to be least knowledgeable about invasive pneumococcal disease

West Nile virus positive mosquitoes detected in Las Vegas

West Nile virus positive mosquitoes detected in Las Vegas

Researchers identify new way to prevent pneumococci from entering the brain

Researchers identify new way to prevent pneumococci from entering the brain

WHO finds 1.2 million adolescent deaths annually, mostly from preventable causes

WHO finds 1.2 million adolescent deaths annually, mostly from preventable causes

New report reveals that 1.2 million adolescents die every year from preventable causes

New report reveals that 1.2 million adolescents die every year from preventable causes

Despite availability of life-saving medicaiton, annual deaths due to fungal meningitis are still over 180,000

Despite availability of life-saving medicaiton, annual deaths due to fungal meningitis are still over 180,000

Takeda announces accelerated approval from FDA for new lung cancer treatment

Takeda announces accelerated approval from FDA for new lung cancer treatment

Study finds significant presence of multidrug-resistant bacteria among nursing home residents

Study finds significant presence of multidrug-resistant bacteria among nursing home residents

Improvements to animal testing protocols could yield more useful clinical results

Improvements to animal testing protocols could yield more useful clinical results

Youth with uncomplicated epilepsy have favorable social outcomes as their siblings

Youth with uncomplicated epilepsy have favorable social outcomes as their siblings

WHO and partners roll-out vaccine campaigns to contain outbreak of meningitis C in Nigeria

WHO and partners roll-out vaccine campaigns to contain outbreak of meningitis C in Nigeria

Researchers develop ultrasensitive method to detect protein involved in autoimmune diseases

Researchers develop ultrasensitive method to detect protein involved in autoimmune diseases

New paper-based device shows great potential for whooping cough diagnosis in low-resource settings

New paper-based device shows great potential for whooping cough diagnosis in low-resource settings

Meningitis bacterium appears to be adapting to urogenital environment, DNA analysis shows

Meningitis bacterium appears to be adapting to urogenital environment, DNA analysis shows

Case Western Reserve and Q2 Pharma partner to develop antivirulence agents that disarm superbugs

Case Western Reserve and Q2 Pharma partner to develop antivirulence agents that disarm superbugs