Font Size

Meningitis in Adults (cont.)

What Is the Prognosis of Meningitis in Adults?

The prognosis of meningitis depends on the severity and the cause of the illness.

  • In those with severe bacterial meningitis or a very fast onset of illness, the death rate can be as high as 90%. If the person survives, even with proper treatment, long-term disabilities can result, including deafness, seizures, paralysis, blindness, or loss of limbs.
  • In those with less severe cases of bacterial meningitis, the death rate can still approach 25%. Long-term disabilities are possible. The person may require a prolonged period of hospitalization and rehabilitation.
  • For a person with viral meningitis, full recovery can take place in seven to 10 days.

Where Can People Find More Information on Meningitis in Adults?

Meningitis Foundation of America
6610 North Shadeland Avenue, Suite 200
Indianapolis, IN 46220-4393

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30333

Meningitis Research Foundation


Hasbun, R. "Meningitis." June 18, 2017. Medscape. <>.

United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Multistate Outbreak of Fungal Meningitis and Other Infections –Healthcare Facilities." Oct. 29, 2015. <>.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/11/2017

Meningitis Quiz IQ

Must Read Articles Related to Meningitis in Adults

Fever (in Adults)
Fever in Adults A fever is a body temperature of 100.4 F or greater. A fever...learn more >>
Flu in Adults
Flu in Adults Flu (influenza) is an acute infection of t...learn more >>
Pain Medications
Pain Medications The effects of pain medication are different for each person. Pain also varies in tolerance as well from person to person. There are several different pain medi...learn more >>

Patient Comments & Reviews

The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Meningitis in Adults:

Meningitis in Adults - Symptoms

What symptoms did you experience with meningitis?

Meningitis in Adults - Medical Treatment

What treatment did you receive for meningitis?

Read What Your Physician is Reading on Medscape

Meningitis »

Meningitis is the term to denote inflammation of the meninges.

Read More on Medscape Reference »

Medical Dictionary