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Inflammation of the brain and meninges.

me·nin′go·en·ceph′a·lit′ic (-lĭt′ĭk) adj.
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Noun1.meningoencephalitis - inflammation of the brain and spinal cord and their meninges
meningitis - infectious disease characterized by inflammation of the meninges (the tissues that surround the brain or spinal cord) usually caused by a bacterial infection; symptoms include headache and stiff neck and fever and nausea
cephalitis, encephalitis, phrenitis - inflammation of the brain usually caused by a virus; symptoms include headache and neck pain and drowsiness and nausea and fever (`phrenitis' is no longer in scientific use)


n. meningoencefalitis, cerebromeningitis, infl. del encéfalo y de las meninges.
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To the Editor: Primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) is an acute and fulminant disease caused by Naegleria fowleri, an amphizoic ameba belonging to the family Vahlkampfidae.
Executive Director NIH Dr Birjees Mazher Kazi in a circular letter sent to all concerned in the country, said that the federal, provincial and district health departments as well as other stakeholders need to take pre-emptive measures against communicable diseases put on High Alert including CCHF, dengue fever, leishmaniasis, and gastroenteritis (acute) as well as the vaccine preventable childhood diseases like measles, pertussis and poliomyelitis and also the likely occurrence of Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM) cases.
Primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) is a severe infection of the central nervous system (CNS) caused by Naegleria fowleri, a thermophilic, free-living ameba found worldwide (Visvesvara, Moura, & Shuster, 2007).

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