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Is herpes meningitis contagious?

Is herpes meningitis contagious?

Yes: Patients with herpes meningitis should be under contact precautions, as it can be spread like the flu. ...Read more

Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more


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Does Valtrex (valacyclovir) stop herpes meningitis from occuring?

Does Valtrex (valacyclovir) stop herpes meningitis from occuring?

Very rare: Herpes meningitis is very rare but if the herpes virus was caught and controlled right at the beginning it would make sense from a medical stand point that if and that's a big it meningitis was to occur the herpes would have been resolved . But again this is rare. ...Read more

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What happens if fungal/herpes/enterovirus meningitis aren't treated? Can they cause death?

What happens if fungal/herpes/enterovirus meningitis aren't treated? Can they cause death?

It depends: Fungal meningitis is bad stuff, tough to treat successfully, but usually deadly if not treated. Herpes encephalitis can cause severe disability and/or death and should be aggressively treated as early as possible. Other viral meningitis cases could potentially resolve successfully even without medication, and are often not even clearly diagnosed initially. ...Read more

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I have herpes. Am I at risk for viral meningitis?

I have herpes.  Am I at risk for viral meningitis?

Yes, but ...: Since herpes simplex virus is a cause of viral meningitis, a person with herpes is at some risk for viral meningitis. However, viral meningitis is not common, can be from other viruses, and some people who get herpes meningitis never had herpes sores before. So, a normal person with herpes should not worry too much about meningitis, since his risk is likely similar to the risk everyone else has. ...Read more

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I suffered from viral meningitis but my doctor didn't say anything about a herpes. If i had gotten meningitis from a herpes virus...Would i know?

I suffered from viral meningitis but my doctor didn't say anything about a herpes. If i had gotten meningitis from a herpes virus...Would i know?

Maybe: Mollaret's is a viral meningitis that's often the result of meeting genital herpes; it may happen several times. A characteristic cell may show up in the spinal fluid. Your physicain may have considered this. If you do not have herpes elsewhere, this is unlikely. ...Read more

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Is tuberculous meningitis contagious?

Is tuberculous meningitis contagious?

No: Tuberculosis in any other organ but the lung is not easily transmissible and not considered contagious. On the other hand, tuberculosis in the lungs is very contagious. ...Read more

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How contagious is meningitis? And how is it spread? I am worried my friend might have it and i was around her and massaged her head. Worried

How contagious is meningitis? And how is it spread? I am worried my friend might have it and i was around her and massaged her head. Worried

Meningitis: Causes of bacterial meningitis including strep, neisseria, h flu & viruses like enteroviruses, herpes, & hiv. Bacteria & viruses that cause meningitis colonize the nose & throat & are transmitted through respiratory droplets. Viral meningitis can also be transmitted by fecal-oral routes & insect bites. Usually contacts working within ~3 ft of those with meningitis r considered to be at high risk. ...Read more

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Is meningitis contagious?

Is meningitis contagious?

Yes: Although some types are more contagious than others, the three most common types of bacterial meningitis all have vaccines available to reduce the risk. There are no vaccines for viral meningitis, but fortunately viral meningitis is typically less serious than bacterial. ...Read more

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Length of meningitis contagiousness? How long is a person afflicted with meningitis contagious to others?

Length of meningitis contagiousness? How long is a person afflicted with meningitis contagious to others?

Depends on the cause: Meningitis can be caused by many difference bacteria, viruses, fungi, and even non-infectious causes. The time that you remain contagious depends on the underlying cause of the meningitis. ...Read more

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Meningitis (Definition)

Meningitis occurs when the membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord becomes inflamed. Symptoms include headaches, fever, stiff neck, and a sensitivity to light. There are two primary types of ...Read more


Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more