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Bacterial Meningitis Incubation Period
What is the incubation period for bacterial meningitis? Mildly sore neck and headache last night when I look down. Today no headache just sore neck.
I just found out someone I shared a cup with was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis 10 days ago. So far I have no symptoms. Am I past the incubation?
Low risk, no worries: Your risk probably is very low from this, and we're all commonly exposed to meningitis bacteria anyway; they're commonly carried by healthy people. Still, this could have slightly increased your risk. You should ask your doctor, or call your local or state health department and ask whether your exposure was close enough to justify preventive treatment; or to get the meningococcal vaccine.
No: Just like there is not a mild form of the black plague. A little poison is still poison.
Germ + invasion: Your typical meningitis germ can be acquired from contact with an asymptomatic carrier or actual meningitis patient in secretions they leave behind. This includes on objects or surface or through direct contact. Your hands can pick them up, pass them to your face where they can enter the nose or upper airway. They can linger for a while & do nothing or begin to invade & cause you an infection.
Exposure/susceptable: It's puzzeling but some people can cary meningitis germs in their nose or throat & never get ill. We can get exposed to droplets in a sneeze, cough, kiss or mucous planted on a door handle. Touching our face with unwashed fingers carries germs that gain entrance to our nose/mouth/eye & if susceptabe, the germ begins to invade. We have cut the #'s of kid cases with vaccines & many adults could benifit.See 1 more doctor answer
Roughly 20-25%: In adults, the mortality can range somewhere roughly between 20-25% of patients who acquire bacterial meningitis.
Emergency: Possible bacterial meningitis is a medical emergency
Not long, just hours: Left untreated, bacterial meningitis is deadly, leading to death in hours to days. Even when treated appropriately, the risk of death still remains very high at 10%. Neurologic complications can occur despite the best of intentions. Check out http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/meningitis/ds00118 & http://my. Clevelandclinic. Org/disorders/meningitis/hic_bacterial_meningitis. Aspx for more information.
Very serious...: Bacterial meningitis is a very serious infection. Factors that improve outcome depend on which bacteria is causing the infection and how sensitive it is to antibiotics. The earlier a diagnosis can be made and the proper antibiotics and supportive treatment can be given, the better the child will do. Many children do survive meningitis with no long term problems, but some do not.
Had bacterial meningitis- confirmed with LP and treated. Why is it that some recover and some die?
Luck/good docs: Some forms of bacterial meningitis are more aggressive & time sensitive than others which leaves a narrow window for recognition and treatment to be successful. Some patients have better individual response to germ invasion which slows the germ until meds kick in. If you have an aggressive germ and a poor immune system you are more likely to die, even when treatment is started quickly.
Potentially fatal: Although we have seen a great reduction of the bacterial meningitis frequency in the us since the introduction of the hib vaccine in the '90's, bacterial meningitis does still occur and may be devastating. It is more common in unvaccinated populations & includes several agents. The case fatality & complication rate varies with the germ and how quickly treatment is started.
Varies: Different bacteria produce bacterial meningitis, so there is not a universal answer to this question. Nevertheless, usually close contact with human secretions is necessary to produce meningitis. The bacteria that commonly cause bacterial meningitis due not typically survive for a long period of time outside the human body.
Neonatal meningitis: Ecoli and group b streptococcus are the two most common causes of meningitis in infants. Women are now screened during pregnancy to see if they are carriers and if a women is screen positive she is give antibacterial agents during delivery to prevent infection in her baby and herself. Less commonly, staphylococcus, enterococcus & listeria occur. Neisseria meningitis (seen in adults) is rare.
Yes: The history, clinical exam and spinal tap make the diagnosis.See 2 more doctor answers
Treated early: Outcome should be good if treatment is started early.See 1 more doctor answer
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