Meningitis Foundation of America Blog

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Prevention FAQs

How is the virus spread? Enteroviruses, the most common cause of viral meningitis, are most often spread through direct contact with respiratory secretions (e.g., saliva, sputum, or nasal mucus) of an infected person. This...

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Frequently Asked Questions about Meningitis

What exactly is meningitis?  Meningitis is inflammation of the meninges, the lining which surrounds the brain. The disease should not be confused with encephalitis which is inflammation of the brain itself. How many types...

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After Effects of Meningitis

Most people who get meningitis and septicemia survive, often without any after effects, but sometimes these diseases cause a range of disabilities and problems that can alter people’s lives. After effects may be temporary...

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Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis Early diagnosis and treatment are very important. If symptoms occur, the patient should see a doctor immediately. All types of meningitis are diagnosed by growing bacteria from a sample of the infected person’s spinal...

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Symptoms and Prevention

SYMPTOMS The symptoms for all types of meningitis are often the same. It is difficult if not impossible to diagnose the type of meningitis a person may have without having the proper medical procedure....

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Understanding Meningitis

When meningitis strikes, it can be confusing and difficult to identify the symptoms because they are very similar to symptoms one would experience having the flu or a cold. This Understanding Meningitis section is...

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Thanks from the Winton Family

The Foundation wants to thank The Winton Family in Nebraska for their wonderful memorial “McKenna Rose Golf Classic” and support of The Meningitis Foundation with a fantastic turnout and a generous amount raised to further the cause...

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Camp Riley Scholarship

The Meningitis Foundation of America has worked with Camp Riley for several years. Camp Riley is located in the Bradford Woods of southern Indiana. The MFA provides  a full camp scholarship to one child...