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  Meningitis
What is it?
What causes it?
How do I know if I've got it?
What's being done about it?

 
What is it?
Meningitis is a very rare infection of the brain and spinal cord which affects about 3,000 people each year.

Outbreaks of meningitis tend to make the news because they strike people who've been spending time together - at school or university for instance.

There are three types - A, B and C.

The virus can be treated easily with antibiotics if sufferers get medical help early.


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