NJ Department of Health


Meningitis is an inflammation of the fluid that surrounds a person's spinal cord and brain. People sometimes refer to it as spinal meningitis. Meningitis is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection. Knowing whether the cause is a virus or bacterium is important because the severity of illness and the treatment differ. Information about the specific types of meningitis may be found by clicking on the links below:

Frequently Asked Questions - NJDOH [pdf 159k]

Viral Meningitis

Bacterial Meningitis

Last Reviewed: 5/2/2016