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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.
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Being exposed to diesel exhaust particles raises pneumococcal disease risk

CEA-Leti’s lensfree microscope to be demonstrated at CES 2020

CEA-Leti’s lensfree microscope to be demonstrated at CES 2020

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New research could lead to an improved vaccine to protect against meningococcal infections

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E.coli infections linked to chopped salad kits, CDC warns

Common first-line treatment for cryptococcal meningitis in being compromised by drug resistance

Common first-line treatment for cryptococcal meningitis in being compromised by drug resistance

Common treatment for cryptococcal meningitis compromised by emergence of drug resistance

Common treatment for cryptococcal meningitis compromised by emergence of drug resistance

Samoa measles epidemic escalates as death toll reaches 32

Samoa measles epidemic escalates as death toll reaches 32

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Good news, bad news: lower antibiotic use, more antibiotic resistance in UK

UAB researchers awarded grant to study a vaccine for gonorrhea

UAB researchers awarded grant to study a vaccine for gonorrhea

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Vaping helps 50,000 cigarette smokers quit in England each year

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People with PTSD 1.8 times as likely to have other infections, study finds

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Febrile infants may be at increased risk for infections

New compound could take on lethal fungal, bacterial infections in immunocompromised people

New compound could take on lethal fungal, bacterial infections in immunocompromised people

Dogs can suffer from same autoimmune encephalitis as humans, research reveals

Dogs can suffer from same autoimmune encephalitis as humans, research reveals

UMSOM receives landmark contract from NIAID for influenza research

UMSOM receives landmark contract from NIAID for influenza research

Antibiotic resistance is transferring from humans to animals

Antibiotic resistance is transferring from humans to animals

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Physicians' delivery practices must improve to boost HPV vaccine rates, study shows

West Nile Virus samples found 10 miles apart came from different places, NAU scientist finds

West Nile Virus samples found 10 miles apart came from different places, NAU scientist finds

Antibiotic-impregnated shunt could prevent hydrocephalus infections, save millions

Antibiotic-impregnated shunt could prevent hydrocephalus infections, save millions

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