A 17-year-old male asked:
If someone had meningitis and i stayed near him or her do i get meningitis as well? and if someone is having meningitis, will i have meningitis?
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Infectious Disease 18 years experience
Depends on the type: Most people have a distorted view of "meningitis" since most are familiar with the fearsome "meningococcal" form, caused by neisseria meningitidis bacteria. In fact, many, types of meningitis (bacteria, virus, etc) are not contagious just by merely standing beside a person. It depends on how an organism cause a meningitis and how intact a person's immune system is in fighting the offending agent.
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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 33 years experience
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Last updated May 12, 2016
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