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How Long Does A Person With Meningitis Stay Infectious
Depends on germs: If you have bacterial meningitis and you've been treated for at least 24 hours, you are no longer contagious. A person with viral meningitis may be contagious for 7-10 days after their symptoms first started. Cover your nose/mouth when you sneeze/cough. Avoid spread by washing hands a lot. Don't share spoons, forks, drinking straws, chapsticks, lip glosses/lipsticks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Length of meningitis contagiousness? How long is a person afflicted with meningitis contagious to others?
When someone is symptom free from viral meningitis, are they no longer contagious? My friend just has a runny nose, otherwise he is fine, no fever.
The following:: Bacteria of multiple types, including meningococci, pneumococci, etc. Viruses which can be airborne, arthropod borne, or of GI origin. Also, tuberculosis, parasites, such as amoebas, etc. Lastly, a variety of fungus infestations. (incidentally, sometimes invasive cancers can involve the meninges or brain coverings, and mimic infectious meningitis.). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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