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What causes meningitis?

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Meningitis is almost always caused by a bacterial or viral infection that begins somewhere else in the body besides the brain, like your ears, sinuses, or throat.

Less common causes of meningitis include:

  • Fungal infection
  • Syphilis
  • Tuberculosis
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Cancer medications

From: Meningitis WebMD Medical Reference

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 Dan Brennan on October 5, 2019

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 Dan Brennan on October 5, 2019

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