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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

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For more information on

Thompson Pharmacy

call 231-947-4212.

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