Meningitis is an infection that causes inflammation of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. Several different bacteria can cause meningitis and Neisseria meningitidis is one of the most important because of its potential to cause epidemics. 

it is important to seek immediate medical care if you suspect that someone has meningitis. Early treatment of bacterial meningitis can prevent serious complications.                                    

How is meningitis treated?

Your treatment is determined by the cause of your meningitis. Bacterial meningitis requires immediate hospitalisation. Early diagnosis and treatment will prevent brain damage and death. 

Bacterial meningitis is treated with intravenous antibiotics. There’s no specific antibiotic for bacterial meningitis. It depends on the bacteria involved.  ​

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