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my co worker has meningitis what should I do

A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Depends: What was the organism causing the meningitis. The most dangerous is neisseria meningitidis and even with this, to warrant use of prophylactic antibio ... Read More

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A 8-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Some basics: Recommendations exist to maximize the effectiveness of a vaccine by using it on populations more likely to get the disease. It is less common in the a ... Read More
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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
36 years experience Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology
AAP guidelines: If you are visiting for a limited time, following the AAP vaccine schedule is suggested. The schedule is based on susceptibility and possible exposure ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jefferson Chen
34 years experience Neurosurgery
An emergency: The most common form of meningitis is an infection (usually bacterial) that affects the surface of the brain and spinal cord (ie. The meninges). It is ... Read More
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Dr. James Goodrich
39 years experience Neurosurgery
Meningitis: Meningitis is an infection of the brain and the dura, a membrane that covers the brain. The typical symptoms associated with meningitis are fever, alt ... Read More
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Dr. William Singer
51 years experience Pediatric Neurology
Meningitis: Meningitis is an infection of the brain, involving the meninges, the fibrous covering of the brain and the brain itself. It is a serious condition an ... Read More
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Dr. William Goldie
48 years experience Pediatric Neurology
Inflammed meninges: The brain is covered with support structures called meninges. These membranes are bathed in cerebral spinal fluid. When infection develops in the me ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
22 years experience Pediatrics
Many things: Meningitis is an infection of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord (meninges). The infection can be viral, bacterial or even fungal.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Very: Depends upon the type of meningitis, in whom it occurs, how rapidly it is recognized and treated appropriately, etc. But in general it is highly leth ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Daus
37 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Close contact: Close contact.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katharine Cox
45 years experience Pediatric Emergency Medicine
By LP: The only way to diagnose meningitis is by looking at cerebral spinal fluid collected by a lumbar puncture. Thanks for asking.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
39 years experience Neurosurgery
Meningitis: It is actually not easy to be infected with a meningitis organisms, one would need direct contact with an individual carrying a bacteria and even then ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Hard to say: When you ask a basic question with no supportive information, it is difficult to formulate an answer. If certain symptoms are present that worry you, ... Read More

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