A rash on the back of the neck, pain or stiffness in the same area, high fever and a general feeling of malaise (flue, cold symptoms). Meningococcus bacteria and pneumococcus bacteria causes meningitis. It is a bacteria that migrates to the meninges (brain and spinal column). Meningitis is usually cured by specific antibiotics given to you by your Dr. Viral meningitis cannot be cured but will clear up on it's own.