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.
  • Reaction to vaccination against the diseases of measles, mumps, chickenpox, smallpox, and rabies.

Last Updated: December 24, 2008

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