What is meningitis?
Meningitis is commonly caused by a viral infection, but can also be caused by bacterial and fungal infections. When a person has this condition, the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord, called meninges, become inflamed and infected. Some cases have shown to be able to improve without treatment in a few weeks, but others can easily become life-threatening. This is why immediate medical care should be sought if someone suspects themselves or anyone else of having this condition.