Health Matters

What is Meningitis?

It can be life-threatening.


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You may have heard of meningitis, but what is it and when should you seek help? Dr. Kenya Steele, a family physician and Assistant Dean of Diversity and Outreach at the Tillman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine has the answers.

“Meningitis is the infection of the protective membranes or the meninges covering the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms include stiff neck, severe headache, vomiting, and high fever.”

In some cases, meningitis can be life threatening and complications can include:

  • Brain damage
  • Seizure
  • Hearing loss
  • Learning disabilities

“Meningitis is most often caused by bacterial and viral infection. You can be protected by getting vaccinated. Seek immediate care if you or someone or you've been in contact with shows symptoms. Early treatment can prevent serious complications.”

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