Meningitis is an infection of the protective membrane that surrounds the brain and the spinal cord called the meninges hence the name of the illness. Meningitis can affect anyone but is most common in teenagers, younger children and young adults.
Meningitis is a very serious illness that requires prompt identification and intervention. The difficulty is that early meningitis shares common symptoms with several other illnesses and conditions. However, some telltale indicators can indicate that this is something more than a common cold or flu.