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Bay County, Fla. -

Dr. Maria Parris from Bay Medical-Sacred Heart Family Medicine says they have seen a few cases of meningitis going around.

Dr. Parris stresses that they have not seen a lot of this, but it is something you'll want to take note of.

She says the severity depends on whether it is caused by a virus, bacteria or fungus.  Viral meningitis is not usually serious, but bacterial meningitis can be life threatening.

Dr. Parris says symptoms include the following: 

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Headache
  • High fever
  • Lack of appetite
  • Chills
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Neck stiffness
  • Difficulty staying awake
  • Mental confusion or difficulty concentrating
  • Increased irritability
  •  Rash
  • Seizures

You are advised to seek treatment immediately because bacterial meningitis can cause permanent brain damage or death.  Dr. Parris says it's important to start antibiotics as quickly as possible.  She says the only way to distinguish between bacterial and viral meningitis is through spinal fluid testing.