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10 Signs and Symptoms of Meningitis

Kimberly Love

One of the more deadly diseases in the United States without question is meningitis. Although the illness itself is considered to be rare, it can be fatal in such a short period of time if not treated quickly. Some 200,000 cases are reported annually, and that number continues to grow each year causing concern for the parents of young students, those with children in college, and of course, those that work closely with students such as teachers as all at risk more than other communities.

Some forms of meningitis can be prevented with a vaccine, but not all. Some types of the ailment can actually be treated at home and go away within days, while the more severe cases have to be hospitalized, be administered antibiotics to kill the infection or virus that caused the meningitis in the first place.

The primary cause is bacteria or viruses that develop inflammation of the meninges, which are three thin layers surrounding the brain. Knowing what the symptoms are can be very important because meningitis is also highly contagious.

Here are 10 of the most common symptoms of meningitis:

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