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What causes bacterial meningitis?

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Bacterial meningitis is caused by several different bacteria. The most common ones that bring on the disease in the U.S. are:

�Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus)

�Neisseria meningitidis (meningococcus)

�Listeria monocytogenes (in older people, pregnant women, or those with immune system problems)

SOURCES:

Shmaefsky, B.  , 2004. Meningitis (Deadly Diseases and Epidemics)

Menaker, J.   July 2005. Journal of Emergency Medicine,

Yogev, R.  , 2005. Drugs

Gottfried, K.  June 2005. Southern Medical Journal, 

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on August 17, 2020

SOURCES:

Shmaefsky, B.  , 2004. Meningitis (Deadly Diseases and Epidemics)

Menaker, J.   July 2005. Journal of Emergency Medicine,

Yogev, R.  , 2005. Drugs

Gottfried, K.  June 2005. Southern Medical Journal, 

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on August 17, 2020

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