Every SECOND counts. If you suspect meningitis, GET MEDICAL HELP IMMEDIATELY. Call or see your doctor / Call an ambulance / Get to a hospital.

What is Meningitis?

Meningitis is the inflammation of the meninges (the membrane lining of the brain and spinal cord). It usually refers to infections caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms such as parasites.

There are many types of meningitis and whilst the symptoms are similar for each, the causes, treatments and outcomes do vary. If you suspect meningitis, seek medical advice immediately.

Bacterial meningitis is life threatening and can cause death within hours, if not properly treated.

If you suspect meningitis, seek medical advice immediately. 

Disclaimer - The Meningitis Foundation Aotearoa New Zealand promotes the prevention, control and awareness of meningitis. It is not a professional medical authority. The text on this website provides general information about meningitis and septicaemia, not medical advice. It is not intended for use in the diagnosis or treatment of these diseases. Please consult your doctor to discuss the information or if you are concerned someone may be ill.

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