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What causes meningitis? Meningitis usually is caused by viruses or bacteria such as Neisseria meningitidis (also called meningococcus) and Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus). In rare cases, fungi, parasites, tuberculosis, or the organisms that cause syphilis and Lyme disease can cause meningitis. The infection also can develop as a complication of another illness, an injury, or brain surgery. On very rare occasions, some medications can cause meningitis, including carbamazepine (Tegretol), co-trimoxazole (Bactrim, Septra, TMP-SMX), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as ibuprofen and naproxen), levamisole (Ergamisol), metronidazole (Flagyl), immune globulin, and the mumps and rubella vaccines. Sometimes the cause is not identified. Answered by Collin Knittel 1 year ago.