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What are the common signs and symptoms of meningitis?

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Bacterial meningitis symptoms may come on within hours or days. Viral meningitis symptoms may also come on quickly or over several days. Fever, severe headache, and neck stiffness are the hallmark symptoms of meningitis. Others include:

�Nausea and vomiting

�Confusion and disorientation (acting "goofy")

�Drowsiness or sluggishness

�Sensitivity to bright light

�Poor appetite

From: Meningitis Symptoms Warning Signs WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

Meningitis Research Foundation: "Symptoms." 

The Meningitis Trust: "Symptoms of Meningitis and Meningococcal Septicaemia." 

National Meningitis Association: "About Meningococcal Disease.

CDC: "Meningitis: Signs & Symptoms."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on June 13, 2017

SOURCES: 

Meningitis Research Foundation: "Symptoms." 

The Meningitis Trust: "Symptoms of Meningitis and Meningococcal Septicaemia." 

National Meningitis Association: "About Meningococcal Disease.

CDC: "Meningitis: Signs & Symptoms."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on June 13, 2017

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