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How long does a person with meningitis stay infectious?

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 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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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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How long do symptoms of viral meningitis last, and when are you no longer contagious?

How long do symptoms of viral meningitis last, and when are you no longer contagious?

Varies: Most often you are contagious as long as you have fever. So fever free more than 24 hours is a good determination that you are no longer contagious. ...Read more

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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.

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.

Aseptic meningitis: Usually the patient with viral meningitis becomes contagious for 3-5 days before the onset of symptoms to 7-10 days after the symptoms show up. Runny nose could be sign of allergies. The best way to confirm would be sending nasal swab for viral cultures. ...Read more

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What infectious agents cause meningitis?

What infectious agents cause meningitis?

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 more

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Is viral meningitis infectious?

Very variable: There is a very large number of viruses that can cause meningitis, most are not infectious. See this site for more info. http://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/viral.html. ...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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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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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

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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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Contagious (Definition)

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