Our expert says:
Meningitis is an infection of the tissues around the brain, and can be caused by many different types of viruses and bacteria. Meningitis can be very contagious, depending on what organism is causing it. If it is correctly diagnosed and treated in time though, then most patients can be cured, but if it is not treated, it can have fatal consequences. If there is any possibility of meningitis, it is vitally important to seek medical help as soon as possible.
Meningitis is characterised by headache, stiff neck, high temperature, nausea and vomiting, and the patient feels really poorly. If there is headache accompanied by a stiff neck, but none of the other symptoms, then it is most unlikely to be meningitis. To be sure though, one should have a proper medical assessment, which should include a neurological examination.
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This information has been supplied and checked by the multidisciplinary team of specialists at The Headache Clinic, in association with The International Headache Society and the South African Institute of Headache and Migraine Science. For consultation with these specialists, call The Headache Clinic on 0861 678 911 (Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban).
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