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A 69-year-old female asked:

Is meningitis from lyme disease contagious?

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Dr. Peter Glusker
Neurology 47 years experience
Lyme meningitis: The short answer is no. More information is available at: http://www.Merckmanuals.Com/home/print/brain_spinal_cord_and_nerve_disorders/meningitis/chronic_meningitis.Html.
Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Both rare: Lyme is from an agent acquired from tick bite. The bite causes a local irritation and then progresses to a more total body invilvement, . Meningitis is very rare. The tick can infect others, but the sick patient is not contagious.
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics 25 years experience
No: Lyme disease is not contagious from person to person and thus, a meningeal manifestation of lyme disease is not transmissible from person to person by casual contact.

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Is Lyme disease contagious?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No: A person with LD is not going to spread it to others in their social contact. It is passed thru a tick bite if the tick is a carrier.
A 32-year-old member asked:

How can you distinguish between meningitis and Lyme disease?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Testing: Lyme disease can sometimes cause an inflamation of the coverings of the brain ( meninges) and thus cause meningitis. Meningitis is a location specific process and can be caused by a number of bacteria, viruses & other agents. Lyme disease usually presents by affecting other parts of the body. Blood & spinal fluid tests can define the cause of meningitis.

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