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what causes viral meningitis?

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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
50 years experience Pediatrics
A number of viruses: Fairly common ones are enteroviruses, varicella, and mumps virus.
Answered on Nov 27, 2017
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Dr. William Goldie
48 years experience Pediatric Neurology
Aseptic: Meningitis is an inflammation of the outer coating of the brain. A spinal tap will show inflammatory cells in spinal fluid. Bacteria will be seen and cultured if present. If nothing grows it is considered aseptic. This usually means that a virus is the cause. Special tests and cultures may or may not identify the virus. Viruses may infect the brain itself causing encephalitis.
Answered on Nov 3, 2016

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