The inflammation of membrane explains the classic symptoms of meningitis, which include:
- Neck stiffness
- Pain on stretching the sciatic nerve
- Dislike of bright lights (photophobia)
Meningitis can be caused by a variety of organisms, including bacteria and viruses. Viral meningitis is usually a benign self limiting illness and quite different to the potentially rapidly fatal and fulminant Bacterial meningitis. The features of meningitis vary in different settings. Neonates for example are vulnerable to a different set of organisms that affect older children and adults. Public awareness and meningitis prevention are very important.
- Meningitis category
- Meningitis article
- Bacterial meningitis
- Meningitis case definitions
- Meningitis charities
- Meningitis checklist
- Meningitis chemoprophylaxis
- Meningitis prevention
- Viral meningitis
There are links to the meningitis charities here.