What is Meningitis

Meningitis is an infectious disease caused by virus or bacteria found in the nose and throat of healthy people (healthy carriers) that spread to others. The disease causes infection and inflammation of the meninges, the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. Typically, meningitis is infecting only the meninges (meningococcal meningitis). Sometimes, meningococcus is introduced into the blood, spreading. This problem is called meningococcal sepsis. It can also happen both problems at once.

Meningitis affects two out of every 10,000 newborns at term with normal weight and two of every 1,000 newborns with low weight. There are more conditions among boys than girls, and in most cases, meningitis in a newborn is a complication of sepsis (blood infection that spreads to the brain).


Infectious meningitis can be induced either by virus, bacteria, or by virus infection which is the most common. Although requiring hospital treatment, Meningitis is usually benign. Sometimes appear as a result of other viral infections such as mumps. When the agent causing bacteria talk about a more serious condition. Meningitis can sometimes cause death.

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