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Meningitis is an infection of the fluid of a person's spinal cord and the fluid that surrounds the brain. People sometimes refer to it as spinal meningitis. Meningitis is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection. Knowing whether meningitis is caused by a virus or bacterium is important because the severity of illness and the treatment differ. Viral meningitis is generally less severe and resolves without specific treatment, while bacterial meningitis can be quite severe and may result in brain damage, hearing loss, or learning disability. For bacterial meningitis, it is also important to know which type of bacteria is causing the meningitis because antibiotics can prevent some types from spreading and infecting other people. Before the 1990s, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) was the leading cause of bacterial meningitis, but new vaccines being given to all children as part of their routine immunizations have reduced the occurrence of invasive disease due to H. influenzae. Today, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Neisseria meningitidis are the leading causes of bacterial meningitis.
International travelers may pick up AMR genes from different destinations

International travelers may pick up AMR genes from different destinations

INRS professor receives $700,000 for research on bacteria of the nasopharynx

INRS professor receives $700,000 for research on bacteria of the nasopharynx

Synthetic cannabidiol can kill bacteria that causes gonorrhoea

Synthetic cannabidiol can kill bacteria that causes gonorrhoea

Gene expression database sheds light on pneumococcal infection

Gene expression database sheds light on pneumococcal infection

New laboratory test can rapidly detect infectious agents in hospitalized patients

New laboratory test can rapidly detect infectious agents in hospitalized patients

New research indicates the link between diabetes and SARS-CoV-2 viral infection

New research indicates the link between diabetes and SARS-CoV-2 viral infection

Researchers discover how antibiotic resistance genes spread via plasmids

Researchers discover how antibiotic resistance genes spread via plasmids

Researchers describe new approach involving "antivitamins" to develop new antibiotics

Researchers describe new approach involving "antivitamins" to develop new antibiotics

Small protein has a great influence on bacterial gene regulation

Small protein has a great influence on bacterial gene regulation