Your brain and spinal cord are command central for almost everything your body does, so keeping them out of harm's way is pretty important. They're both covered by a membrane, called the meninges, which helps protect them from germs. Sometimes, though, meninges get infected by a bacteria or virus. That's meningitis.

Viral meningitis is much more common than the kind caused by a bacteria. It's also much less serious. Bacterial meningitis is rare, but can be deadly. Unfortunately, their symptoms are very similar, so it's crucial not to ignore any of signs that might point to meningitis.

1. Your neck is stiff
2. Light hurts your eyes
3. You're dazed and confused
4. You're seeing spots (on your skin)
5. ................

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