Short description
Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes covering the brain or the spinal cord, which can have different causes.

Detailed description

The inflammation is usually caused by a bacterial infection, e. g. with meningococci or Haemophilus influenzae. Viral infections can lead to tick borne encephalitis. And even fungi or plants can cause meningitis. Symptoms of the disease are typically headache and a stiff neck. Without treatment, meningitis may be fatal. Vaccination can protect against most of the causes.