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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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Respiratory: Most cases are from infections of the respiratory tract. In infants it can be gastro-intestinal. Some come from genital infections (syphilis or gonorrhea). Bacteria get into the blood stream and go to the meninges. Sinus or teeth or ear infections may spread to the brain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read more
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