Meningitis : About

Meningitis is an infection that causes inflammation of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. Non-bacterial meningitis is often referred to as "aseptic meningitis." Bacterial meningitis may be referred to as "purulent meningitis."

Symptoms

It's easy to mistake the early signs and symptoms of meningitis for the flu (influenza). Meningitis symptoms may develop over a period of one or two days and typically include:

  • A high fever 
  • Severe headache
  • Vomiting or nausea with headache
  • Confusion, or difficulty concentrating, in the very young, this may appear as inability to maintain eye contact
  • Seizures
  • Sleepiness or difficulty waking up
  • Stiff neck
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Lack of interest in drinking and eating
  • Skin rash in some cases, such as in viral or meningococcal meningitis