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meningitisMeningococcal meningitis, caused by a bacterium, is the most severe form of this disease. It is highly infectious and can be fatal. It requires immediate medical attention. Viral meningitis is generally milder but also needs treating by qualified medical professionals.

Severe headache and feverishness are symptoms of viral meningitis. Meningococcal meningitis begins with coldlike symptoms, such as snuffles, and a high temperature (102°F/39°C). The patient then becomes drowsy, confused, and has severe headaches. There may be a stiff neck and an inability to tolerate bright lights. A red rash may appear on the buttocks, legs, and trunk.


  • Echinacea root is very useful for a weak immune system and for fatigue following a viral infection.

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  • Supplements of the ACE vitamins, plus selenium, play an important role in strengthening the immune system. Vitamin B6 may also help promote a healthy immune system. Foods rich in these vitamins and in selenium, such as offal, fish, shellfish, dairy produce, fruit, vegetables, and cereals, should be eaten regularly to maintain a healthy immune response.

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