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How Long Is Bacterial Meningitis Contagious
Not long: Bacterial conjunctivits (not viral conjunctivitis) in adults requires some breakdown of the surface of someone exposed. Bacteria cannot penetrate the normal defenses unless the eye has had surgery, is traumatized or has some surface disturbance. Anti-bacterial topical medications provide an excellent treatment and so the bacterial count will drops rapidly in 2 days or so. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Most pathogens that cause pneumonia are not contagious. Some organisms like MRSA can spread to healthy contacts and cause colonization. Some organisms like the virus, influenza can cause pneumonia and are contagious during the illness. Drug sensitive tuberculosis is contagious until several weeks into effective multi-drug therapy. ...Read more
MRSA: Depends on your definition of "contagious". This organism is generally transferred person to person by direct hand contact, and then the other person may only become a carrier. Infection requires a break in the skin or soft tissues or introduction into an immune suppressed person. ...Read more
Bacterial meningitis: Bacterial meningitis is usually severe. While most people with meningitis recover, it can cause serious complications, such as brain damage, hearing loss, or learning disabilities. There are several pathogens (types of germs) that can cause bacterial meningitis. Some of the leading causes of bacterial meningitis in the United States include haemophilus influenzae (most often caused by type b, hib). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
May not be: This will depend primarily on the causative agent of the pneumonia, the severity, how it is being treated and the proximity of contact with the patient. As a general rule, many of the organisms causing bacterial pneumonia are already resident in the nasopharynx and for a variety of reasons the patient has become susceptible to pneumonia, and transmission to others is unlikely. ...Read more
MRSA: Communicability of MRSA is usually lesion to hand to hand to area where it can created disease, but respiratory transmission is not likely. If the patient is not coughing and the potential individual to whom it is going to be transmitted does not touch the patient they are unlikely to become infected. ...Read more
Acyclovir: The most serious viral infection is herpes. The only available treatment is acyclovir. Certain viral epidemics occur that may be protected by immunization shots. Most viral infections of the brain resolve on their own. Supportive care is the only and best treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Somewhat: Transmission during acute disease is unusual since most of these patients are i'll and not in the mood to be with others. However, in convalescence and years afterwards, ebv will be silently excreted in saliva. Called the kissing disease, infection can occur during this time by exposure to saliva. ...Read more
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