Home > Infectious Disease > Meningitis Overview Get the Flash Player to see this player. Rate: (Click the stars to rate) Published on Jan 01, 2009 by SusanRehm, Views: 4387 Meningitis caused by bacteria is most commonly meningiococcal meningitis. Early antibiotic treatment is critical. Death, amputation, deafness, and brain damage. Symptoms include neck stiffness, high fever, headache, muscle aches, confusion, nausea, exhaustion, and purplish rash. Transmission is from close contact, college students are at high risk. Vaccinationation will decrease the risk.