What are meningitis symptoms?
Viral and bacterial meningitis share many of the same symptoms, which start suddenly in both. You won't know which type of meningitis you have, so act quickly. Call your physician right away if you have a severe headache with any of the following symptoms:
- Stiff neck
- Sensitivity to light
- Nausea and vomiting
Note: Small children, the elderly and occasionally other people may not have headaches as early signs of meningitis. The unexplained confusion, even without a headache, can occasionally be due to meningitis.