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Take the Meningitis Quiz

Meningitis is an infection of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. Both viruses and bacteria cause meningitis. Bacterial meningitis can be life-threatening; viral meningitis seldom is. Learn more about bacterial meningitis through this quiz.

1. Bacterial meningitis is caused by only one kind of bacteria.
2. Symptoms of bacterial meningitis can develop quickly.
3. A person with symptoms or signs of bacterial meningitis should seek immediate emergency medical treatment.
4. Some types of bacterial meningitis can be prevented.
5. College campuses are areas where bacterial meningitis can spread quickly.
6. Older adults are more susceptible to pneumococcal diseases, including meningitis and pneumonia.
7. Most people who are diagnosed early with bacterial meningitis and treated promptly will recover fully.
8. A doctor confirms a diagnosis of bacterial meningitis with a spinal tap.