Lyme disease gets its name from Old Lyme, Connecticut where the disease was initially diagnosed in 1975 after a number of children were found to have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, a very strange occurrence. In researching the symptoms of Lyme disease, doctors learned that it is transmitted when people are bitten by ticks, notably the deer tick, which is very small and can often go unnoticed when biting the skin.
Meningitis is an acute contagious disease causing inflammation of the outer covering of the brain (meninges) and upper spinal column. The two primary kinds of meningitis are viral and bacterial, but it may be caused by other microorganisms including fungal, and parasitic. Meningitis may also be caused by other diseases, like Lyme disease that can affect the lining of the brain.