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      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:


      -Fever


      -Headache


      -Stiff neck


      -Nausea and vomiting


      -Photophobia (sensitivity to light)


      -Altered mental status


      Signs & symptoms of Bacterial Meningitis:


      -Nausea


      -Vomiting


      -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


      -headache


      -Neck Stiffness


      -Lack of appetite


      -Sleepiness


      -Photophobia (sensitivity to light)


      -Some vaccines available


      To learn more, click the video above.


      For more information on all of these types of meningitis, click

      HERE

      .


      For more information on

      Thompson Pharmacy

      call 231-947-4212.

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