Meningitis can be commonly caused by either viruses or bacteria but can also be caused by other means.
People can protect themselves by keeping up to date with vaccinations, by being aware of potential sources of infection in their immediate environment, by learning about the symptoms and by discussing risks and testing with their doctors. Seek immediate medical care if they believe that they are at risk of getting meningitis. Remember that early treatment can reduce the risk of dying and may help prevent long-term complications.
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