The different types of Meningitis: What you need to know

      The Fungal Meningitis outbreak has now reached 16 states, has been connected to 297 illnesses and 23 deaths - including 5 in Michigan so far. But what exactly is Fungal Meningitis, and how does it differ from Bacterial Meningitis and Viral Meningitis? Making a House Call this week is Mark Thompson from Thompson Pharmacy in Traverse City.

      According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Meningitis is a disease caused by the inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord known as the meninges."

      Breaking down Fungal Meningitis:

      -It is much less common than the other two infectious forms.

      -Someone who has an impaired immune system is more likely to become infected with this form of meningitis.

      -Fungal Meningitis is not contagious, which means it is not transmitted from person to person.

      -Fungal Meningitis can develop after a fungus spreads through the bloodstream from somewhere else in the body

      Signs & symptoms of Fungal Meningitis:



      -Stiff neck

      -Nausea and vomiting

      -Photophobia (sensitivity to light)

      -Altered mental status

      Signs & symptoms of Bacterial Meningitis:



      -Photophobia (sensitivity to light)

      -Altered mental status (confusion)

      Bacterial Meningitis:

      -Bacterial Meningitis is an extremely serious illness that requires immediate medical care. If not treated quickly, it can lead to death within hours.

      -Bacterial Meningitis is caused by any one of several bacteria.

      -This form of meningitis is contagious. The bacteria can spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing.

      -Vaccines are available

      Viral Meningitis:

      -Less serious type, most common form

      -May be exposed to virus, but it may not ever appear as an infection

      -Most recover completely

      Signs & Symptoms of Viral Meningitis:

      -High fever


      -Neck Stiffness

      -Lack of appetite


      -Photophobia (sensitivity to light)

      -Some vaccines available

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