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Meningitis is inflammation of the thin tissue that surrounds the brain and spinal cord, called the meninges. There are several types of meningitis. The most common is viral meningitis, which you get when a virus enters the body through the nose or mouth and travels to the brain. Bacterial meningitis is rare, but can be deadly. It usually starts with bacteria that cause a cold-like infection. It can block blood vessels in the brain and lead to stroke and brain damage. It can also harm other organs. Pneumococcal infections and meningococcal infections can cause bacterial meningitis.

Anyone can get meningitis, but it is more common in people whose bodies have trouble fighting infections. Meningitis can progress rapidly. You should seek medical care quickly if you have

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  1. Meningitis (National Library of Medicine)  
    Meningitis is inflammation of the thin tissue that surrounds the brain and spinal cord, called the meninges. There are several types of meningitis. The most common is viral meningitis, which you ...
  2. H. influenzae meningitis; H. flu meningitis
  3. Tubercular meningitis; TB meningitis ... Tuberculous meningitis is caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria that cause tuberculosis . The bacteria spread to the brain and ...
  4. Pneumococcal meningitis
  5. Staphylococcal meningitis
  6. Meningococcal meningitis ... Meningococcal meningitis is caused by the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis (also known as meningococcus). Most cases of meningococcal meningitis occur ...
  7. Gram-negative meningitis ... Acute bacterial meningitis can be caused by Gram-negative bacteria. Meningococcal and H. influenzae meningitis are due to Gram-negative bacteria ...
  8. Cryptococcal meningitis ... Cryptococcal meningitis is caused by the fungus Cryptococcus neoformans . This fungus is found in soil around the world. Cryptococcal ...
  9. Meningitis - syphilitic ... Primary syphilis Secondary syphilis Tertiary syphilis Syphilitic aseptic meningitis is a form of meningovascular neurosyphilis , which is ...
  10. Meningitis and Encephalitis From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)  
    Meningitis and Encephalitis Fact Sheet See a list of all NINDS Disorders Get Web page suited for ... Where can I get more information? What is meningitis? What is encephalitis? Infections, and less commonly other ...
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