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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.
New vaccine for pneumonia holds promise to save thousands of lives

New vaccine for pneumonia holds promise to save thousands of lives

Northumbria researcher develops new, faster and safer way to diagnose Ebola virus

Northumbria researcher develops new, faster and safer way to diagnose Ebola virus

Knowledge about risk of meningitis among teens remains worryingly low, survey reveals

Knowledge about risk of meningitis among teens remains worryingly low, survey reveals

Bacteria release membrane-derived vesicles that may have different functions during infection

Bacteria release membrane-derived vesicles that may have different functions during infection

Researchers take first steps towards development of biosensor for detection of bacteria

Researchers take first steps towards development of biosensor for detection of bacteria

Meningitis B vaccine’s high price tag poses a health care conundrum

Meningitis B vaccine’s high price tag poses a health care conundrum

Vaccination efforts in poor countries prevent 20 million deaths, provide economic benefits

Vaccination efforts in poor countries prevent 20 million deaths, provide economic benefits

New test for meningitis could speed up diagnosis and save lives

New test for meningitis could speed up diagnosis and save lives

Doctor in Nigeria and MSU professor join hands to reduce infant mortality

Doctor in Nigeria and MSU professor join hands to reduce infant mortality

Research finds how omega-3 supplements dampen harmful inflammatory reactions

Research finds how omega-3 supplements dampen harmful inflammatory reactions

Oropouche virus could cause serious public health problem in Brazil, researcher warns

Oropouche virus could cause serious public health problem in Brazil, researcher warns

Children need to be up-to-date on immunizations before heading back-to-school

Children need to be up-to-date on immunizations before heading back-to-school

Temple physicians offer less invasive, novel approach to repair complex temporal bone defects

Temple physicians offer less invasive, novel approach to repair complex temporal bone defects

Cocktail of drugs for HIV patients with advanced immunosuppression reduced deaths by 27%, study shows

Cocktail of drugs for HIV patients with advanced immunosuppression reduced deaths by 27%, study shows

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