Fever, Stiff neck: 10 Possible Causes
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What causes fever and stiff neck? 10 possible conditions

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.

1

Infectious Mononucleosis

Infectious mononucleosis, or mono, refers to a group of symptoms usually caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV).

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2

Meningitis

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Meningitis is an inflammation of the meninges. This is the membrane that covers the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis may occur when fluid surrounding the meninges becomes infected. The most common causes of meningiti...

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3

Tetanus

Tetanus, also called Lockjaw, is a serious bacterial infection that affects the nervous system and causes muscles throughout the body to tighten.

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4

Encephalitis

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain tissue. It's most often caused by viral infections. In some cases, bacterial infections can cause encephalitis.

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5

Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (TB) is a highly infectious disease that primarily affects the lungs. Read more on whom it affects and how to treat it.

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6

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is an infectious condition transmitted via tick bite. A "bull's eye" rash at the site of the bite is an early symptom of this disease.

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7

Histoplasmosis

Histoplasmosis is a type of lung infection. It is caused by inhaling fungal spores. Spores are found in soil and in the droppings of bats and birds.

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8

West Nile Virus Infection (West Nile Fever)

Spread by mosquitos, West Nile virus symptoms can vary in severity. Diarrhea and abdominal pain usually appears within two weeks of infection.

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9

Meningeal Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (TB) is a contagious airborne disease that typically affects the lungs. TB is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. If a TB infection is not treated promptly, the bacterium can trave...

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10

Cryptococcal Meningitis

Cryptococcal meningitis is a fungal infection and inflammation of the membranes covering your spinal cord and brain.

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.
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