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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. Daniel Saurborn
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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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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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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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What distinguishes bacterial meningitis from viral meningitis?

What distinguishes bacterial meningitis from viral meningitis?

Testing: During the primary workup for the presenting illness the fluid from the spinal tap is sent for various tests. These will determine in most cases the type of meningitis. ...Read more

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Is viral infection contagious?

Is viral infection contagious?

Depends on the virus: But most spread from person to person by one route or another. ...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 sars a viral infection?

Is sars a viral infection?

Yes: Sars was a viral variant that has likely gone the way of the dodo. ...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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What is systemic viral infection?

What is systemic viral infection?

A pattern: In general a bacteria,like a staph abscess, enters the body and attacks a specific region or site, spreading locally. Viruses usually enter the body through the soft tissue of the oral cavity, eyes or nose.Viruses must enter tissue to survive and reproduce, then spread to the blood where they can quickly spread to all areas of the body, where it can trigger "systemic" symptoms. ...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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What germs cause ear infections?

What germs cause ear infections?

Bacteria: The 3 most common bacteria to cause middle ear infections (otitis media) are streptococcus pneumoniae, haemophilus influenzae and moraxella catarrhalis. Otitis media can also be a viral infection. Swimmer's ear or otitis externa is mostly from pseudomonas aeruginosa. Other swimmer's ear germs include staph aureus, enterobacter aerogenes, proteus mirabilis, klebsiella pneumoniae and fungi. ...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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What is measles- viral or bacterial?

Virus: Measles (also called rubeola) is a highly contagious virus that is transmitted via the respiratory route. A person infected with measles can infect others up to 7 days prior to symptoms and up to 3-4 days after the onset of symptoms. You can prevent getting the infection by getting the MMR (mumps, measles, rubella) vaccination. ...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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Rabies (Definition)

An infectious disease caused by a virus. The most common carrier in the United States is infected bats. Symptoms of rabies include an initial flu-like illness followed by increasing paralysis, agitation, and confusion. The classic drooling symptom is due to an inability ...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