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Can listeria meningitis be contracted from other people?

Can listeria meningitis be contracted from other people?

No: Listeria meningitis is usually contracted from eating foods contaminated with listeria. A person with a compromised immune system and infants are most at risk. ...Read more

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Dr. Gutti Rao
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Viral Meningitis (Definition)

Viral meningitis is inflammation of the tissues in the brain and spinal cord that is caused most commonly by enteroviruses. Viral meningitis is not usually as severe as bacterial meningitis and usually resolves without any treatment. However, viral meningitis that is caused by the herpes virus can be life threatening if left untreated. Symptoms include fever, neck stiffness, ...Read more


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Do you give a 7 year old a meningitis shot in the u.S. ?

Do you give a 7 year old a meningitis shot in the u.S. ?

See below: Current recommendation is for the first Menactra vaccine at 11 years of age and a booster at 16 years of age. ...Read more

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How can I catch meningitis ?

Meningitis: It is actually not easy to be infected with a meningitis organisms, one would need direct contact with an individual carrying a bacteria and even then it is not common. ...Read more

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Can i still have meningitis?

Can i still have meningitis?

Hard to say: When you ask a basic question with no supportive information, it is difficult to formulate an answer. If certain symptoms are present that worry you, please start over, describe them and ask a specific question.The public site is not a chat room and questions are not linked. ...Read more

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What is meningitis caused by?

Many things: Meningitis can be caused by multiple types of infections, such as viruses, bacteria, etc. if you think you have meningitis, you should get checked as soon as possible. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose meningitis?

LP: A lumbar puncture for CSF is done. And the CSF is analyzed. However meningitis is an emergency and in a clinical history that fits antibiotics should be started as soon as possible to decrease morbidity. ...Read more

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Is meningitis a dangerous disease?

Is meningitis a dangerous disease?

Depends on agent: Meningitis is defined as an inflamation(generally caused by infection) of the tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord.The agent may be bacterial (like strep/staph/meningococcus); viral, fungal or parocitic.Some viral cases are mild & resolve without special rx. Most bacterial are deadly if untreated & may damage even with rx. Fungal & paracitic causes are also deadly & often harder to rx. ...Read more

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Is it possible to catch meningitis?

Is it possible to catch meningitis?

Yes: Some people seem naturally immune to some of the germs that cause meningitis & some gain immunity thru shots.Those with no immunity can "catch it" after passage of the germ from a source (person or object) to your body. The nasal passages are a prime pathway to their invasion. A penetrating injury to the brain may also allow otherwise benign germs to cause a meningitis by opening the skin. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have meningitis?

How do I know if I have meningitis?

See below: The symptoms of meningitis are fever, stiff neck, headache, altered mental status and in some cases seizures. Viral meningitis is usually milder than bacterial meningitis ...Read more

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How is meningitis diagnosed usually?

How is meningitis diagnosed usually?

Lumbar puncture: Meningitis is diagnosed by obtaining fluid from around the spinal cord during a procedure called a lumbar puncture. The fluid is then analyzed for bacteria, viruses, and signs of infection. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have meningitis?

Meningitis: The most common symptoms are severe headaches, a stiff neck, sometimes confusion and disorientation with a high fever. ...Read more

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How easy is it to spread meningitis?

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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How is it that meningitis can spread?

How is it that meningitis can spread?

Contact with germs: Meningitis can be spread by mucous secretions from the oral/ nasal membranes of someone who carries the germs.The germ source may be a healthy carrier or a sick person. The secretions are infective for a while on objects & can be acquired on your hands/fingers & passed to your face/nose. Some germs can be passed in inhaled droplets from a sneeze, or mucous of a kiss. ...Read more

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Early symptoms of meningitis are what?

Meningitis: Generally meningitis presents with fever, sensitivity to light and sound, headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, changes in mentation and possibly localizing neurological abnormalities, and alterations in sensorium. ...Read more

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Meningitis transmissibility? How transmissible is meningitis?

Which kind?: The answer depends on what kind of meningitis you are referring to: bacterial meningitis, fungal meningitis, viral meningitis, parasitic meningitis & non-infectious meningitis. I’ll provide info for viral meningitis. The virus is spread person to person (fecal, respiratory secretions). However, just because you become infected with the virus doesn’t mean that you will actually develop meningitis. ...Read more

Dr. Kevin Daus
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Spinal Meningitis (Definition)

Photophobia is eye discomfort in bright light. The discomfort of light sensitivity can be reduced by avoiding sunlight, closing the eyes, wearing dark glasses, or darkening the room. However, the cause for the light sensitivity should be determined, since proper treatment may cure the problem. Seek urgent medical attention if pain is moderate to ...Read more


Dr. Christine Hom
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Fungal Meningitis (Definition)

The disease is characterized by acute neurologic dysfunction. Usually presents with chills, fever and neurologic symptoms such as change in mental status or confusion. This is all from fungal infection in the central nervous system. This is not as common as ...Read more