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How do you catch bacterial meningitis?

How do you catch bacterial meningitis?

Meningitis: Bacterial meningitis is typically acquired from respiratory droplets or oral secretions from another human infected with the bacteria. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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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


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How can I catch meningitis ?

How can I catch meningitis ?

Meningitis: It is actually not easy to be infected with a meningitis organisms, one would need direct contact with an individual carrying a bacteria and even then it is not common. ...Read more

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Is it possible to catch meningitis?

Is it possible to catch meningitis?

Yes: Some people seem naturally immune to some of the germs that cause meningitis & some gain immunity thru shots.Those with no immunity can "catch it" after passage of the germ from a source (person or object) to your body. The nasal passages are a prime pathway to their invasion. A penetrating injury to the brain may also allow otherwise benign germs to cause a meningitis by opening the skin. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of catching meningitis?

Slim: Unless you are exposed to someone that has meningitis. Depending on the type meningitis can be contagious. ...Read more

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What are the chances of catching meningitis in college dorm this fall?

What are the chances of catching meningitis in college dorm this fall?

Low, but possible: Meningitis (usually meningococcal) occurs sporadically usually in small outbreaks, commonly where there are large numbers of young adults in crowded living areas, like college dorms or army bases. I would recommend the Meningococcal vaccine before college or joining the service (if it isn"t already a requirement). ...Read more

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What are the chances of catching meningococcal meningitis?

Meningitis: If you are exposed to someone with Meningococcal meningitis, you are at risk for developing Meningococcal infection. Contact you doctor as there are antibiotics you can have prescribed that should protect you from developing the infection. ...Read more

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How do people catch bacterial meningitis?

How do people catch bacterial meningitis?

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 more

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My friend was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, can I catch it from him?

Sure: If you are a close contact with him you likely need medication to reduce your risk of contracting this. Usually in this scenerio the local health department is involved in making sure all those exposed are treated adequately so you may need to contact them for advice. ...Read more

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How can a person get or catch viral meningitis?

Meningitis: Viral meningitis is usually a contagious disease with usually close contact with an individual that has had it. It can also occur after a viral infection though that is less common. ...Read more