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Other Conditions With Symptoms Similar to Meningitis


Other Conditions With Symptoms Similar to Meningitis

Other medical conditions may cause symptoms similar to those of meningitis, such as fever, headache, and vomiting. These conditions include:

  • Influenza. This common viral infection produces symptoms of fever, headache, chills, muscle aches, and fatigue.
  • Viral hepatitis. The liver becomes inflamed because of viral infection. Symptoms can include fever and headache.
  • Mononucleosis. An illness caused by the Epstein-Barr virus, mononucleosis produces fever, sore throat, and enlargement of lymph nodes.
  • Bacterial endocarditis. This infection of the heart valves can cause symptoms very similar to viral meningitis.
  • Reaction to vaccination against the diseases of measles, mumps, chickenpox, smallpox, and rabies.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerW. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease
Last RevisedDecember 8, 2010

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