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Meningitis is an infection of the fluid of a person’s spinal cord and fluid that surrounds the brain. There are two distinct kinds – viral and bacterial, with each type exhibiting similar symptoms. Viral tends to be less severe and students can get better without treatment. Bacterial can be very severe and may result in brain damage, hearing loss, disability, and death. Symptoms may develop over one to two days and include: high fever and chills, stiff neck, headache, light sensitivity, vomiting, and sometimes a rash, coma, and seizures. Meningitis is much less contagious than the common cold or influenza.

How it spreads?

Bacterial Meningitis

Generally, the germs that cause bacterial meningitis spread from one person to another. Certain germs can spread through food. How people spread the germs often depends on the type of bacteria. Read about common examples of how people spread the different types of bacteria to each other.

Viral Meningitis

People can spread the viruses that cause viral meningitis to other people. If you have close contact with someone who has viral meningitis, they may spread the virus to you. However, you are not likely to develop meningitis. That’s because most people infected with these viruses will not develop meningitis.

Meningitis CDC
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