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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.
Recent estimates reveal burden of serious fungal diseases in 14 different countries

Recent estimates reveal burden of serious fungal diseases in 14 different countries

Neonatal sepsis risk calculator reduces antibiotic use by nearly 50% in newborns

Neonatal sepsis risk calculator reduces antibiotic use by nearly 50% in newborns

IDSA guidelines: Team approach vital to successful treatment of complex neurological infections

IDSA guidelines: Team approach vital to successful treatment of complex neurological infections

UC San Diego engineers develop desktop diagnosis tool that detects harmful bacteria in few hours

UC San Diego engineers develop desktop diagnosis tool that detects harmful bacteria in few hours

First symptoms of meningitis

First symptoms of meningitis

Important vaccines that should not be missed by adults, elders and pregnant women

Important vaccines that should not be missed by adults, elders and pregnant women

Vaccine campaign targeting freshers could hold key to reducing spread of meningitis

Vaccine campaign targeting freshers could hold key to reducing spread of meningitis

Could pathogen infection really lead to Alzheimer’s?

Could pathogen infection really lead to Alzheimer’s?

Researchers finding way to manipulate signals in bacteria to reduce infections

Researchers finding way to manipulate signals in bacteria to reduce infections

Texas A&M specialist explains what people need to know about mumps

Texas A&M specialist explains what people need to know about mumps

Researchers discover powerful immune cell in the brain that may play key role in neurological diseases

Researchers discover powerful immune cell in the brain that may play key role in neurological diseases

ECDC report finds increasing trend of Listeria infections among elderly population

ECDC report finds increasing trend of Listeria infections among elderly population

NIH scientists create Salmonella-infected mouse model to study life-threatening meningitis

NIH scientists create Salmonella-infected mouse model to study life-threatening meningitis

Awareness of signs and symptoms of meningitis remains worryingly low among UK parents, research reveals

Awareness of signs and symptoms of meningitis remains worryingly low among UK parents, research reveals

Two widely prescribed antibiotics may combat bacteria differently than previously thought

Two widely prescribed antibiotics may combat bacteria differently than previously thought

Poor, remote Indigenous Australians have increased risk of sexually transmissible infections

Poor, remote Indigenous Australians have increased risk of sexually transmissible infections

Scientists uncover how microbes invade the brain in bacterial meningitis

Scientists uncover how microbes invade the brain in bacterial meningitis

Simple blood test can quickly detect serious infections in children

Simple blood test can quickly detect serious infections in children

Women infected with Rift Valley fever virus have increased risk of miscarriages

Women infected with Rift Valley fever virus have increased risk of miscarriages

New less invasive method could detect bacterial infection in young febrile infants

New less invasive method could detect bacterial infection in young febrile infants