Has anyone else been hearing of all these recent cases? A relative of mine nearly died last week...he's 7. Then my mom was telling me a few days ago about a little girl in another state that did die. I read an article last night about a little girl who was left with her mom's body for several days and they said the mom died of B.M. Now, I just discovered an article about college students at Prarie View A&M coming down with it! I'm including the following as i know we have a lot of college students here at the forum: Meningitis is an infection of the fluid of a person's spinal cord and the fluid that surrounds the brain. Meningitis is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, high fever, headache, and stiff neck are common symptoms of meningitis in anyone over the age of 2 years. These symptoms can develop over several hours, or they may take one to two days. Other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, discomfort looking into bright lights, confusion, and sleepiness.