Meningitis affects your cerebrospinal fluid and meninges, which are membranes that cover and protect the spinal cord and brain. It’s a serious disease that can create life-threatening complications. Viral meningitis is the most common type. It can develop slowly over several weeks or suddenly. Bacterial meningitis occurs suddenly and is generally more severe than viral meningitis.
Meningitis can spread through coughing, sneezing, hand-to-mouth contact and even changing a diaper. Seek emergency medical care if you have meningitis or if you’ve been around someone with meningitis. Bacterial meningitis can progress quickly, so promptly getting care is crucial to your well-being.
Goshen Hospital Emergency Department serves the community of Elkhart County by treating meningitis in Goshen, IN. If you suspect meningitis symptoms in yourself or your child, come to our emergency room on High Park Avenue. Testing may include labs, imaging and spinal tap (lumbar puncture).