An Introduction to Bacterial Meningitis

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An Introduction to Bacterial Meningitis
Swearingen (2002) defines bacterial meningitis as “an infection that results in inflammation of the meningeal membranes covering the brain and spinal cord” (p. 295). In terms of etiology, the infection can be caused by any kind of bacteria, although Streptococcus pneumonia and Neisseria meningitides are the two forms of bacteria most commonly implicated in meningitis (Melmon, Morrelli, and Carruthers 2000, p. 943). Stein (1998) explains that these two forms of bacteria are most common in the winter months, explaining the elevated occurrence of bacterial meningitis during winter (p. 1402). According to data collected by Scheld, Whitley, and Marra (2004), haemophilus influenza accounted for 45 percent...
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