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is it possible to catch meningitis?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: Some people seem naturally immune to some of the germs that cause meningitis & some gain immunity thru shots.Those with no immunity can "catch it" after passage of the germ from a source (person or object) to your body. The nasal passages are a prime pathway to their invasion. A penetrating injury to the brain may also allow otherwise benign germs to cause a meningitis by opening the skin.
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 51 years experience
Yes: There are several wys one can axquire meningitis. The most common is by droplet exposure to someone who has certain forms of meningitis such as miningococcal. There are insect born forms such as lyme meningitis due to the bite of an infected deer tic. In immune compromised persons, meningitis may develop meningitis due to their inability to fight off infections elsewhere in the body..

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A 34-year-old member asked:

If you have meningitis and get treated can you still spread it to someone else after treatment?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
No: No, not after you've been treated.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for one person to get meningitis twice?

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Dr. Janice Wiesman
Dr. Janice Wiesman answered
Neurology 32 years experience
Yes: Meningitis is due to an infection by a virus or bacteria, and rarely, by a fungus. Just like to can get a cold or orther infection more than once, you can get meningitis more than once.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Once you have recovered from meningitis is it still possible to get it again?

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Dr. Janice Wiesman
Dr. Janice Wiesman answered
Neurology 32 years experience
Yes: Meningitis is due to an infection by a virus or bacteria, and rarely, by a fungus. Just like to can get a cold or orther infection more than once, you can get meningitis more than once.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What are the most common ways to get meningitis?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
AIRBORNE BY SECRETIO: There are three kind of meningitis 1viral2bacterial3fungal most common are viral which are transmitted by direct airborne change of secretions by coughing and sneezing bacterial can be contacted by skull fractures, acute or chronic sinusitis or otitis media.It can also occur with septicemia with positive blood cultures in immune compromised patiens cryptococcus which is funfus rare mengitis.
A 46-year-old member asked:

How dangerous is it to have pneumococcal meningitis?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
CAN BE TREATED/: Pnumocococcal meningitis if treated appropriately and early without delay has good prognosis with full recovery.70to80% get full recovery without any complications. Rest have one or more of the following complications brain damage subdural effusion hearing loss seizures hydrocephalus.

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