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Meningitis is the inflammation of the meninges, a membrane covering the brain and spinal cord, typically due to bacterial or viral infection.

Types[edit | edit source]

Aseptic meningitis[edit | edit source]

This is a viral meningitis, typically less severe than bacterial meningitis.[1]

Bacterial meningitis[edit | edit source]

Meningitis caused by bacterial infection.[1]

Fungal meningitis[edit | edit source]

A rare meningitis caused by inhaling spores from fungus. People with diabetes, HIV/AIDS, cancer and certain other health conditions are more likely to have meningitis caused by a fungus.

Parasitic meningitis[edit | edit source]

Less common than bacterial or viral meningitis is meningitis caused by parasites.[1]

Amebic meningitis[edit | edit source]

A rare form of meningitis caused by a ameba found in warm water or soil.[1]

Non-infectious meningitis[edit | edit source]

Non-infectious meningitis can be caused by lupus, certain drugs or other causes such as brain injury.[1]

Symptoms[edit | edit source]

Sudden high fever, severe headache, and neck stiffness are the hallmark symptoms of meningitis. Others symptoms include:

Chronic meningitis[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

Learn more[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  2. "Meningitis". November 19, 2015. Retrieved August 25, 2018.

membrane The word "membrane" can have different meanings in different fields of biology. In cell biology, a membrane is a layer of molecules that surround its contents. Examples of cell-biology membranes include the "cell membrane" that surrounds a cell, the "mitochondrial membranes" that form the outer layers of mitochondria, and the "viral envelope" that surrounds enveloped viruses. In anatomy or tissue biology, a membrane is a barrier formed by a layer of cells. Examples of anatomical membranes include the pleural membranes that surrounds the lungs, the pericardium which surrounds the heart, and some of the layers within the blood-brain barrier.

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