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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

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


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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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Is viral pericarditis contagious?

Is viral pericarditis contagious?

No: Not really as the virus which causes it might be it is unusual for pericarditis to always result as these are usually common cold viruses. ...Read more

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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

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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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Viral pneumonitis contagious?

Viral pneumonitis contagious?

Pneumonia : Can be. Flu can cause viral pneumonitis which is contagious. ...Read more

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Is bacterial meningitis contagious?

Is bacterial meningitis contagious?

Some types: Meningococcal meningitis can be highly contagious, especially in close quarters, e.g. College dorms, military recruits. Vaccinations recommended, before exposure, contacts get prophylactic antibiotic rx. Others may or not be, depending on the type and how the meningitis was contracted. ...Read more

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Is post viral bronchitis contagious?

Is post viral bronchitis contagious?

Without symptoms: Viral bronchitis is usually contagious 1-4 days after intiation of illness. However coughing and sneezing spreads contagious droplets with virus from person to person. Most safe if not coughing or sneezing. ...Read more

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Is viral hepatitis a contagious illness?

Is viral hepatitis a contagious illness?

Yes: Types a and e are spread fecal-orally. B, c, and d spread thru blood and body fluids. ...Read more

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What is viral meningitis?

What is viral meningitis?

Aseptic: Meningitis is an inflammation of the outer coating of the brain. A spinal tap will show inflammatory cells in spinal fluid. Bacteria will be seen and cultured if present. If nothing grows it is considered aseptic. This usually means that a virus is the cause. Special tests and cultures may or may not identify the virus. Viruses may infect the brain itself causing encephalitis. ...Read more

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What causes viral meningitis?

What causes viral meningitis?

A number of viruses: Fairly common ones are enteroviruses, varicella, and mumps virus. ...Read more

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Why is bacterial meningitis worse than viral meningitis?

Why is bacterial meningitis worse than viral meningitis?

Bacteria more: Destructive. This is a difference in the biology of the pathogenicity of bacteria vs. Viruses. Bacteria induce stronger inflammatory response, release more toxins, enzymes etc. ...Read more

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Why is bacterial meningitis worse than viral meningitis?

Why is bacterial meningitis worse than viral meningitis?

Many reasons: Bacterial menningitis usually results in pus in the meninges which causes damage it also affects the blood vessels which can cause strokes. ...Read more

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Is tonsillitis viral?

Is tonsillitis viral?

Viral and Bacterial: While viruses (adenovirus, influenza, and even epstein-barr) account for most acute cases of tonsillitis, there are well known bacterial causes too - "strep throat" being a good example. Tonsillitis' course and appropriate treatments are based on the etiology - antibiotics for bacterial causes, symptomatic relief and time for viral. ...Read more

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Is bronchitis bacterial or viral?

Is bronchitis bacterial or viral?

Usually viral: Acute bronchitis is usually caused by viruses, typically the same viruses that cause colds and influenza. The most common cause of chronic bronchitis is smoking cigarettes. Air pollution and dust or toxic gases in the environment or workplace also can contribute to the condition. Antibiotics as a whole are overprescribed in bronchitis, though sometimes it is warranted. ...Read more

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Can bacterial meningitis be contagious?

Can bacterial meningitis be contagious?

Yes: Bacterial meningitis is contageous, the degree of which is relatively specific to the bacteria involved. A germ like meningococcus is easily passed in a brief exposure while tuberculusis is much harder to pass, requiring much longer exposure. ...Read more

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Is bacterial trachaitis contagious?

Is bacterial trachaitis contagious?

Probably not: But would need more information. This is an uncommon condition. Presdisposing factors, organism, clinical course, etc. Would all be significant. ...Read more

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Is post viral cough contagious?

Is post viral cough contagious?

Probably not...: A post-viral cough is usually due to bronchospasm and residual airway inflammation. Bronchodilator and steroid inhalers are prescribed to treat this so see your doctor for treatment. Since the viral infection is resolved, this is not contagious. ...Read more