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Meningitis is an inflammation of the fluid that surrounds a person's spinal cord and brain. People sometimes refer to it as spinal meningitis. Meningitis is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection. Knowing whether the cause is a virus or bacterium is important because the severity of illness and the treatment differ. Information about the specific types of meningitis may be found by clicking on the links below:

Frequently Asked Questions - NJDOH [pdf 159k]

Viral Meningitis

Bacterial Meningitis

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