Infectious Diseases: Trying Too Hard For the Fast Knockout

Many cases of meningitis are caused by viruses, but by far the most deadly is the bacterial form. The disease, which causes inflammation of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord, often strikes without warning and can kill a husky young man within hours. Fatal in at least 10% of cases, it understandably causes public panic when it breaks out. Yet, little is known about it or about the best way to treat it. In fact, careful studies have only served to deepen some of its mysteries. But, as the University...

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