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is aseptic meningitis contagious?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Maybe,maybe not: Aseptic meningitis is a term usually applied to that process triggered during an infection with a variety of viruses. The dominant group usually causes intestinal issues like cramps or diarrhea, with a fraction of the patients developing meningitis. The germ may pass to someone not immune, but may or may not cause meningitis.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Is is true that viral meningitis is contagious?

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Dr. Christopher Phillips
Neurology 26 years experience
Yes: Viral meningtitis could be transmitted in a fashion similar to the common cold. The duration of possible transmission varies but averages 7-10 days. It is important to seek medical attention right away if you think you might have viral meningitis.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How long do symptoms of viral meningitis last, and when are you no longer contagious?

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Dr. Barry Bergman
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Varies: Most often you are contagious as long as you have fever. So fever free more than 24 hours is a good determination that you are no longer contagious.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Is viral meningitis infectious?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Very variable: There is a very large number of viruses that can cause meningitis, most are not infectious. See this site for more info. http://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/viral.html.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how contagious is viral meningitis?

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Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Quite, but...: The viruses that cause the majority of cases of viral meningitis are actually quite contagious, but does not mean you will get meningitis. You may only get a simple cold when you are exposed to the same virus, or run a bit of a fever and feel fatigued. To go on and actually develop meningitis is quite unusual. SO you may get sick, but not as bad hopefully....

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