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What causes viral meningitis infection?

What causes viral meningitis infection?

Dozens of things: Influenza, parainfluenza, adenovirus, enterovirus, poliovirus, western equine encephalitis, eastern equin encehaplitis virus, st. Louis encephalitis virus, west nile virus, measles virus and varicella zoster virus just to name a few. ...Read more

Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Are bacterial infections contagious?

Are bacterial infections contagious?

Not the "infections": All bacteria are contagious, meaning that one person can smear some of his bacteria onto another's skin or other body part. The bacteria can then die, multiply on the surface (colonize the surface), or damage the person's cells and body parts (start an infection). No infection occurs in many cases, meaning the "infection" did not spread to the person even though the "bacteria" did spread to him. ...Read more

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Are bacterial infections contagious?

Are bacterial infections contagious?

Sometimes: Some bacterial infections are, like strep throat, or pink eye, but many develop that are not really contagious, like sinusitis, cellulitis, or diverticulitis. If you have a concern, you should discuss the specifics with your doctor. It is also always a good idea to always wash your hands or use hand sanitizer, whenever you are out, like shopping, airports, grocery stores etc to minimize risks. ...Read more

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Is viral meningitis infectious?

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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Are stomach infections contageous?

Are stomach infections contageous?

Gastroenteritis?: Viral gastroenteritis (vomiting/diarrhea) is very contageous. Norovirus/ enterovirus/ norwalk virus are some of the most common causes of outbreaks. Spread can be stopped by good handwashing (lister was right!). There are many types of other contageous stomach infections: bacterial (salmonella, shigella, campylo bacter, h. Pylori, c. Diffi); parasites (giardia, cryptosporidia, cyclospora)..... ...Read more

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Virus or bacterial infection?

Virus or bacterial infection?

Yes?: What is the question? Both viruses and bacteria and other types of organisms can produce infection. If you have a specific issue, write back. ...Read more

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What causes viral infections in new infants?

What causes viral infections in new infants?

New agents: New babies are pretected to some degree from the types of viruses the mom developed immunity to in her lifetime. This immunity is transient & passes thru the placenta during pregnancy.It lasts for a few months in most infants.Premis don't get as much as full term babies. If mom never had & developed immunity to a virus, baby will be susceptable. ...Read more

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Can a viral respiratory infection become pneumonia?

Can a viral respiratory infection become pneumonia?

YES: Sometimes a viral pneumonia can weaken the lungs to the point that you get a secondary bacterial pneumonia. ...Read more

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How are bacterial pneumonias different from viral pneumonias?

How are bacterial pneumonias different from viral pneumonias?

Difficult: Often very difficult to distinguish. However, bacterial pneumonia is more likely if the patient is very sick. ...Read more

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Do people develop immunity to respiratory syncytial virus infection?

Do people develop immunity to respiratory syncytial virus infection?

Improves over time: The rs virus is crafty, attaching to superficial cells in the respiratory tract like a wart on your skin. Since it avoids the blood (like a flu) it doesn't trigger a full response of your immune system. Over multiple infections your body develops greated response and the infection tends to penetrate less deeply into the lungs until it is limited to your nose. Its likely you have a little every yr. ...Read more

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Are upper respiratory infections contagious to elders?

Are upper respiratory infections contagious to elders?

The term "upper....: ...Respiratory infection" is the medical name for the common cold. Can elders catch colds? Yes. ...Read more

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Are lung infections commonly contagious?

Are lung infections commonly contagious?

Yes and No: Some lung infections or pneumonias such as viral, influenza and bacterial, tuberculosis are contageous from person to person. Other pneumonias such as aspiration pneumonia or ventilator associated pneumonias are not contageous. ...Read more

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Rotavirus infection serious in kids?

Rotavirus infection serious in kids?

Generally not: Similar to other viruses which infect the GI tract, but the nausea, vomiting, fever and respiratory symptoms may be slightly worse. Children will be lethargic, not have much appetite, and may develop low grade liver inflammation. Serious complications are almost entirely related to dehydration, imbalance of electrolytes, and acidosis. Often lasts 8-10 days and rarely requires hospitalization. ...Read more

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Could leukocytosis cause viral and bacterial infections?

Could leukocytosis cause viral and bacterial infections?

The other way around: Leukocytosis is an abnormally high number of white blood cells in the blood, as measured on a blood test. Both viral and bacterial infections can sometimes cause high numbers of white blood cells (wbc's) or low numbers of wbc's (leukopenia). Unusual leukocytosis, not caused by an infection, can be due to a bone marrow problem such as an early stage of leukemia. A doctor can further evaluate. ...Read more

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Is prednisone for viral or bacterial lung infection?

For none: Prednisone is not for any type of infection; in fact it can increase the risk and severity of infection. ...Read more

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What viruses cause congenital infections?

What viruses cause congenital infections?

Many: Many viruses can cause congenital infections. Some classic causes include: Herpes Simplex Virus; Cytomegalovirus; rubella; parvovirus; HIV; varicella; West Nile virus; measles.... Among others. ...Read more

Dr. Roger Clark
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Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (Definition)

This is a respiratory illness contracted from Deer Mice, typically out west. This illness leads to rapid respiratory failure, ARDS and ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Viral Infections (Definition)

Viral infections are common causes of illness. Severity of viral infections can range from minor colds ...Read more