Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and the spinal cord. It may be either a viral, bacterial or fungal infection. However viral meningitis is the most common form. This disease affects patients of all ages. However, it is most common in babies and young children. Symptoms include fever, headache and neck pain. This disease is life-threatening. Therefore patients should see a doctor at the first sign and begin treatment.
Meningitis presents with similar symptoms to the flu. Fever, drowsiness, a cough, and a running nose are all contributors to the flu. If these are present in conjunction with four other meningitis symptoms, then it is time to call the doctor. Other symptoms include the chills, muscle and body aches, headaches, a sore throat and swollen glands. For adults, a temperature above 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 F) is high, in children it above 37.5C (99.5F).
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