What are meningitis symptoms and signs?
The classic signs and symptoms of meningitis are
- fever, and
- stiff neck (in adults and older children), and
- eyes painful sensitivity to light (photophobia).
Symptoms of meningitis may appear suddenly and also include
- vomiting, and
- changes in behavior, such as confusion, sleepiness, and difficulty waking up.
In infants, symptoms of meningitis are often much less specific and may include
- irritability or tiredness,
- poor feeding, and
Especially early in the disease, meningitis can have symptoms similar to the flu.
Some types of meningitis can be deadly if not treated promptly. Anyone experiencing symptoms of meningitis should see a doctor immediately.