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How do you get bacterial meningitis?

How do you get bacterial meningitis?

Infection: Dont know what you are looking for- giving a general answer. Usually infection from other parts of body may spread to the meninges (the layers surrounding the brain). Infection in blood, infection in parts of body adjacent to the brain like ear, nose, sinus etc. And also if the is some form if manipulation of the meninges (shunt, brain surgery, lumbar puncture), it increases the risk. ...Read more

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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 do you get bacterial meningitis?

How do you  get bacterial meningitis?

Contagion: Some are from contact with an infected patient such as meningococcal, but some develop secondary to an infection elsewhere in the body, such as lung affected cns. ...Read more

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How can one get bacterial meningitis?

How can  one get bacterial meningitis?

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

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How does someone get bacterial meningitis?

How does someone get bacterial meningitis?

Not easily: The organisms causing this usually live in the back of the nose and throat as normal bacterial populations. They get into the blood stream and enter the subarachnoid space (surrounded by the meninges) though a structure called the choroid plexus. It is an uncommon disease these days since advent of vaccines for the meningococcus, pneumococcus and hemophilus influenzae. ...Read more

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Is a baby able to get bacterial meningitis?

Is a baby able to get bacterial meningitis?

Yes: Although it is thankfully rare, it can be life threatening. Generally a baby with meningitis will be extremely ill. Obviously, if you ever have such a concern, have your baby evaluated immediately. ...Read more

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Why do children and young adults get bacterial meningitis?

Go To School/camp: Because they go to school, clleges/dorms, and camps where there is more chances of contacting the infection if one has it it spreads eassily. ...Read more

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My son just turned 12... How long do I have to get him immunized for bacterial meningitis? And how does one catch this meningitis ?

My son just turned 12... How long do I have to get him immunized for bacterial meningitis? And how does one catch this meningitis ?

Menactra: According to the manufacturer, immunity begins to decline after 2-3 years but may last as long as 5. The initial dose is recommended at 11-12 years, with a booster at 16-18 years. The highest risk for contracting this disease seems to be for those living in close quarters , such as in dormitories. ...Read more

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My son is 17 should he get a bacterial meningitis booster before graduating high school?

My son is 17 should he get a bacterial meningitis booster before graduating high school?

Yes: If he is going to college, camp, the armed services or any other group setting, he is in a high risk group and should have a booster. ...Read more

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How can I help my self.. With some after effects of bacterial meningitis? Isn't there any way to get these effects minimized to some extent? Therapy?

How can I help my self.. With some after effects of bacterial meningitis? Isn't there any way to get these effects minimized to some extent? Therapy?

What effects?: If you can be more specific about your "effects" from bacterial meningitis, then it would easier to offer advice. The typical after effects that are usually seen in young children can include hearing and visual difficulties, seizures, possible learning difficulties etc. If you are dealing with any of these, you should speak to your physician and get appropriate therapy. ...Read more

Dr. Shah Chowdhury
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Bacterial Meningitis (Definition)

Bacterial meningitis can be a life-threatening illness that results from bacterial infection of the meninges (membrane covering the brain) and leaves some ...Read more


Bacteria (Definition)

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