THE BRONX - Health officials say two of the six cases of meningitis detected in New York City in the past month were in the Bronx.

A 74-year-old Bronx man was diagnosed on Jan. 5 and a 4-year-old Bronx child was diagnosed on Jan. 1. Both survived the disease. Three of the six diagnosed died from the disease.

Meningitis causes inflammation of the brain and spinal membranes. Doctors say the disease is not highly contagious but can be spread through coughing, kissing or the sharing of utensils or cigarettes. Symptoms include high fever, headache, stiff neck and a rash.