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Were you looking for information about Meningitis? Meningitus is a common misspelling of meningitis.
 
Meningitis is an infection of the brain and spinal cord. When an infection passes into the fluid that surrounds the spinal cord and brain, causing inflammation, it can harm or destroy nerve cells and cause bleeding in the brain. Meningitis can be caused by a bacterial or viral infection, an inflammatory disease (such as lupus), or some types of cancer. Bacterial meningitis can be treated with many antibiotics; most people with viral meningitis recover on their own.
 
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