Teen newsletter : January 2023 – Meningitis
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      Meningitis is an inflammation (swelling) of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord, usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection of the fluid surrounding them. Injuries, cancer, certain drugs, and other types of infections also can cause meningitis. General symptoms of meningitis, regardless of the specific type, include headache, fever, nausea, stiff neck, light sensitivity, and altered mental state or confusion. These are often severe and can be deadly.

      People are sometimes confused by the difference between meningitis and meningococcal diseases. Meningococcal disease is any illness caused by a bacterium called Neisseria meningitidis. These diseases can cause meningitis, the swelling in the lining of the brain and spinal cord. Some meningococcal diseases cause meningitis, and some meningitis is caused by meningococcal diseases. The two conditions are related but not the same.

      While the symptoms of different types of meningitis may overlap, it is important to know the specific cause of the disease because the treatment differs depending on the cause.

      The David J. Sencer CDC Museum Public Health Academy Teen Newsletter introduces teens to different public health topics that CDC studies. This newsletter provides an Introduction, explains CDC’s Work, breaks down the topic using the Public Health Approach, and gives you a behind the scenes look at historical items Out of the CDC Museum Collection.

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