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Other Conditions With Symptoms Similar to Meningitis

Other medical conditions may cause symptoms similar to those of meningitis, such as fever, headache, and vomiting. These conditions include:

  • Influenza. This common viral infection produces symptoms of fever, headache, chills, muscle aches, and fatigue.
  • Viral hepatitis. The liver becomes inflamed because of viral infection. Symptoms can include fever and headache.
  • Mononucleosis. An illness caused by the Epstein-Barr virus, mononucleosis produces fever, sore throat, and enlargement of lymph nodes.
  • Bacterial endocarditis. This infection of the heart valves can cause symptoms very similar to viral meningitis.
  • Reaction to vaccination against the diseases of measles, mumps, chickenpox, smallpox, and rabies.
By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer W. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease
Last Revised December 8, 2010

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Last Updated: December 08, 2010
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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