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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.
NCI cancer centers issue joint statement endorsing HPV vaccination and cancer screening

NCI cancer centers issue joint statement endorsing HPV vaccination and cancer screening

First genomic survey of gonorrhea maps antibiotic resistance across Europe

First genomic survey of gonorrhea maps antibiotic resistance across Europe

Abdominal pain should be seen as a warning sign for invasive meningococcal disease

Abdominal pain should be seen as a warning sign for invasive meningococcal disease

Why are Antibiotics Overprescribed for Meningitis Treatment?

Why are Antibiotics Overprescribed for Meningitis Treatment?

Meningitis in Newborns: What to Look Out For

Meningitis in Newborns: What to Look Out For

$2 million funding boosts progress of UAB biomedical startup

$2 million funding boosts progress of UAB biomedical startup

Middle ear infection can lead to deadly neurological complications

Middle ear infection can lead to deadly neurological complications

Safety violations compound pain of painkiller shortages

Safety violations compound pain of painkiller shortages

Research reveals how bacteria prepare sticky adhesion protein

Research reveals how bacteria prepare sticky adhesion protein

ACTA trial in AIDS patients with cryptococcal meningitis validates new therapeutic regimens

ACTA trial in AIDS patients with cryptococcal meningitis validates new therapeutic regimens

Prevention and treatment of drug-induced hearing loss

Prevention and treatment of drug-induced hearing loss

Repeated sick days do not affect children's learning ability, study shows

Repeated sick days do not affect children's learning ability, study shows

Study: Most children with sickle cell anemia not getting daily antibiotics to reduce the risk

Study: Most children with sickle cell anemia not getting daily antibiotics to reduce the risk

Opioid users have increased risk of invasive pneumococcal diseases

Opioid users have increased risk of invasive pneumococcal diseases

Study paves new way for development of vaccines against epidemics

Study paves new way for development of vaccines against epidemics

Imaging technique used to identify women at risk of premature labor

Imaging technique used to identify women at risk of premature labor

Why Should We Weigh Every Protein in the Human Body?

Why Should We Weigh Every Protein in the Human Body?

Alcohol related hangovers may soon be passé with the advent of “safer” alternatives

Alcohol related hangovers may soon be passé with the advent of “safer” alternatives

Tailor-made protein combats several kinds of pathogenic bacteria

Tailor-made protein combats several kinds of pathogenic bacteria

Microbiologists find deadly cryptococcal fungi in public spaces in South Africa

Microbiologists find deadly cryptococcal fungi in public spaces in South Africa