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Cryptococcal meningitis

Cryptococcal meningitis is caused by a type of fungus which is found in soil and bird droppings

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This type of meningitis mainly affects people with a weakened immune system e.g. HIV positive or people taking immunosuppressive drugs.

The facts

  • Cryptococcal meningitis is not contagious, meaning that it cannot be spread from person to person
  • Symptoms may develop over several weeks and include a headache, fever, nausea and vomiting, dislike of bright lights and altered mental state
  • People with cryptococcal meningitis are treated with antifungal medication. Some will require life-long maintenance treatment to help prevent recurrence

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