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Spinal Meningitis

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Description

Inflammation of the membranes enclosing the spinal cord, especially a usually fatal form that affects infants and young children and is caused by a bacterial or fungal infection.


Symptoms

  • fever
  • headache
  • vomiting
  • trouble staying awake
  • seizures


Meningitis can affect people of any age but is most common in people who live in close quarters.


About 2,600 people in the US get meningitis per year


About 850 people per year in the US die from meningitis


Treatments

  • vaccines
  • antibiotics
  • oxygen therapy
  • measures to prevent fever, seizures, and reduce pressure within the brain
  • monitoring fluids and blood chemicals