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Meningitis symptoms are often difficult to diagnose as they are similar to the flu. Viral meningitis causes fever, headaches and vomiting but the more deadly bacterial meningitis also causes a stiff neck. Early diagnosis and treatment is essential for a good outcome. If treatment not early, patients can be left with deafness, brain damage, sight problems, limb loss, epilepsy, balance problems and depression.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The New Zealand Herald
About: Bacterial meningitis more deadly than viral meningitis
Date: 8 June 2004
Source: The New Zealand Herald
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