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Meningitis is a bacterial or non-bacterial infection that causes inflammation of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord.  The most common causes of meningitis are viral infections that may get better without treatment. However, bacterial meningitis infections are extremely serious, and may result in death or brain damage even if treated.
Symptoms may include:
  • fever and chills
  • mental status changes
  • nausea and vomiting
  • sensitivity to light 
  • severe headache
  • stiff neck
  • decreased consciousness
  • poor feeding in children
  • rapid breathing
Causes may include:
  • viral infection
  • bacterial infection
  • chemical irritation
  • drug allergies
  • tumor
Treatment may include:

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