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Dr. Edward Evans
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Newborn Meningitis (Overview)

In a newborn of the lining of the brain. It could be caused by bacteria or viruses.


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Whats newborn pneumonia?

Whats newborn pneumonia?

Worrisome infection: Prior to birth, the lungs are formed but not inflated. Somewhat like a balloon.There is some fluid within the lung spaces that moves into the blood after the lungs inflate (babies first crys). If germs get into that fluid during labor or delivery, the lung tissue becomes infected & functions poorly.Baby may need extra oxygen and breath rapidly.Treatment is aimed at killing germs & supporting baby ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Evans
15 doctors shared insights

Newborn Meningitis (Overview)

In a newborn of the lining of the brain. It could be caused by bacteria or viruses.


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How contagious is meningococcal meningitis?

How contagious is meningococcal meningitis?

Somewhat: Overall, the risk to household contacts is 2-4 percent without prophylaxis. Outside the household, risk is smaller but is used when someone was exposed to respiratory secretions. ...Read more

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Is infant pneumonia contagious?

Is infant pneumonia contagious?

Pneumonia...: Is an infection in the lungs. Common causes include viruses and bacteria, which can be contagious. How contagious it is, and how it's treated, depends on the germ that's causing the pneumonia. Another cause might be something called "aspiration, " where some substance like milk or stomach contents gets sucked into the lungs. This is not contagious. ...Read more

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Meningitis transmissibility? How transmissible is meningitis?

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

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What are the symptoms of newborn meningitis and how can you prevent them?

What are the symptoms of newborn meningitis and how can you prevent them?

Newborn meningitis: Newborn meningitis symptoms can vary from pt to pt. And include feeding difficulty, irritability, vomiting, rashes, fullnessof hte soft spots on the head. The baby may not nbecessarily have fever. The baby may also be difficult to wake. But the symptoms may not be classic and you should always seek medicla advsie form your pediatrician asap if you have any concerns. ...Read more

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Is spinal meningitis fatal?

Is spinal meningitis fatal?

Meningitis: Untreated there will be a very high mortality rate, but if treated, many patients will survive, but the mortality rate will depend upon the causative organism, the rapidity with which therapy is initiated, and the underlying age and health status of the person infected. ...Read more

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Is baby measles contagious to children?

Is baby measles contagious to children?

??baby measles??: If you are asking about roseola, the illness is contagious to anyone not previously infected. Most kids get this virus in early childhood & are then immune for their lifetime. ...Read more

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Is aseptic meningitis contagious?

Maybe,maybe not: Aseptic meningitis is a term usually applied to that process triggered during an infection with a variety of viruses. The dominant group usually causes intestinal issues like cramps or diarrhea, with a fraction of the patients developing meningitis. The germ may pass to someone not immune, but may or may not cause meningitis. ...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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Does b strep cause neonatal pneumonia?

Does b strep cause neonatal pneumonia?

YES: Group b strep can be devastating to a newborn. The bacteria is one of the most common to not only cause pneumonia but meningitis, sepsis and death. ...Read more

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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 spinal meningitis very contagious?

No: Viral meningitis is an unusual complication of a mild viral illness. Meningococcal meningitis causes epidemics in boot camps and college dorms, but the other bacterial meningitis family members aren't catching. ...Read more

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What are the tests for newborn meningitis?

What are the tests for newborn meningitis?

Spinal tap: Spinal tap (lumbar puncture) will determine if there's meningitis and what the organism causing the infection is. ...Read more

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How contagious is meningococcal menintitis?

Very: Meningococcal meningitis is usually transmitted by airborne droplets. Isolation with masks, gloves and gowns are required for contact with infected patients. ...Read more

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Can a fullterm baby get neonatal pneumonia from group b strep?

Can a fullterm baby get neonatal pneumonia from group b strep?

Yes: Group b strep (gbs) is a gram-positive streptococcal bacteria also known as streptococcus agalactiae. It is not the same as group a strep which causes strep throat. It is a bacteria which can spread from mother to newborn infants and is the most common cause of sepsis and meningitis in the United States during a newborn's first week of life. It is not restricted to premature infants. ...Read more

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How is viral meningitis treated in college kids?

How is viral meningitis treated in college kids?

Supportive care: Uncomplicated viral meningitis is treated generally as an outpatient with supportive care only such as tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin for fever and/or pain. Any person showing more severe symptoms, neurologic complications, or other concerning symptom is admitted to the hospital for specific treatments for their complications. ...Read more

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Does pneumococcal vaccine stop infants from catching viral pneumonia?

Does pneumococcal vaccine stop infants from catching viral pneumonia?

No: The pneumococcal vaccine helps prevent "strep pneumoniae" bacterial infections, such as pneumonia caused by that one type of bacteria. The vaccine doesn't prevent viral pneumonia, and doesn't prevent non-pneumococcal bacterial pneumonias. ...Read more

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What casuses neonatal pneumonia?

What casuses neonatal pneumonia?

Pneumonia: If the mother has a disease like chalmydia this could affect the neonate and cause pneumonia, as well as other bacterial, viral or fungal diseases , that the mother may have acquired and then transmit to the neonate. ...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

Dr. William Singer
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Meningitis (Definition)

A condition in which 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


Dr. Howard Schneider
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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth.Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more