Vital Signs

Headache, fever, and vomiting-a simple viral infection, right?

By Tony Dajer|Tuesday, May 01, 2001
Meningitis occurs when pathogens (yellow) manage to invade the meninges, the fluid-filled membranes (blue) that envelop the brain and spinal cord.Photo courtesy of NASA "No eating," the young woman said, pointing to her friend on the hospital bed. "For a week." "British?" I asked. "Russian," she replied, trilling the r like a commissar. The patient was lying down, facing the wall. "Nausea and vomiting the last two weeks," read the nurse's note. "Also headache and fever. Is feeling better toda...
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