Is bacterial meningitis more common in females or males?

Updated: Jul 16, 2019
  • Author: Rodrigo Hasbun, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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The reported attack rate for bacterial meningitis is 3.3 male cases per 100,000 population, compared with 2.6 female cases per 100,000 population. However, in meningitis caused by the mumps virus, males and females are affected equally. In neonates, the male-to-female ratio is 3:1.


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