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There are two main kinds of meningitis:Viral meningitis is fairly common. It usually does not cause serious illness. In severe cases, it can cause prolonged fever and seizures.Bacterial meningitis is not as common but is very serious. It needs to be treated right away to prevent brain damage and death.

The infection occurs most often in children, teens, and young adults. Also at risk are older adults and people who have long-term health problems, such as a weakened immune system.

The most common symptoms among teens and young adults are:A stiff and painful neck, especially when you try to touch your chin to your chest.Fever.Headache.Vomiting.Trouble staying awake.Seizures.Children, older adults, and people with other medical problems may have different symptoms:Babies may be cranky and refuse to eat. They may have a rash. They may cry when held.Young children may act like they have the flu. They may cough or have trouble breathing.Older adults and people with other medical problems may have only a slight headache and fever.



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