Meningitis (also called spinal meningitis) is an inflammation of the covering (the “meninges”) of the brain and spinal cord. It can be caused by bacteria or a virus. The more common form is viral. Meningitis can strike anyone, but those with weak immune systems are most susceptible. It can cause stroke, deafness, brain damage, and can harm other organs.

Medical attention should be sought for any of these symptoms: sudden high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, and nausea or vomiting.

A blood test will be taken, along with imaging, and a spinal tap — a sampling of the cerebrospinal fluid.

Fast treatment helps prevent greater problems, and even death.