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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.
Measles cases on the rise in Europe

Measles cases on the rise in Europe

Pharmacy-made pain creams flagged on fears of Medicare fraud and risk

Pharmacy-made pain creams flagged on fears of Medicare fraud and risk

Research provides new insights about when booster meningitis vaccines are needed

Research provides new insights about when booster meningitis vaccines are needed

Parents struggle with what to do when their child has headache, shows study

Parents struggle with what to do when their child has headache, shows study

Bacterial aggregates in blood vessels appear to facilitate progression of meningitis

Bacterial aggregates in blood vessels appear to facilitate progression of meningitis

Pneumococcal genes predict course of disease

Pneumococcal genes predict course of disease

Unlocked and loaded: Families confront dementia and guns

Unlocked and loaded: Families confront dementia and guns

Researchers develop new approach to assess effectiveness of Men B vaccine

Researchers develop new approach to assess effectiveness of Men B vaccine

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