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Meningitis is inflammation of the tissues (meninges) that surround the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis is usually caused by an infection with bacteria or viruses.
Last Revised: December 6, 2012
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & W. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease
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