The FDA has just approved a new rapid test for viral meningitis, a disease which involves an infection of the cerebrospinal fluid surrounding the spinal cord and brain. There are two types of meningitis, viral and bacterial. Patients with viral meningitis typically recover in a couple of weeks even without medical treatment. Bacterial meningitis is another matter, however. Failure to rapidly provide proper medical treatment can result in brain damage, hearing loss or death in as little as a couple of days.
Although the new Xpert EV test only identifies viral meningitis, the less serious variety, it is helpful in allowing doctors to clearly diagnose and treat the illness. That is, if your symptoms are consistent with meningitis, ruling out the less serious form means you likely have the serious form and need prompt, aggressive treatment.
Symptoms of meningitis can include fever, headaches, nausea, confusion and neck stiffness. Sometimes these symptoms are mistaken for those of a common cold. If they are more significant than you have previously experienced with a cold, however, you should seek medical assistance immediately.
If you or a loved one has been significantly injured as a result of meningitis, you should have an experienced Jacksonville medical malpractice lawyer review your case to determine if proper care was provided.