A co-worker has been diagnosed with bacterial meningitis. What should I do?

Depends. What was the organism causing the meningitis. The most dangerous is neisseria meningitidis and even with this, to warrant use of prophylactic antibiotics you would have to been extremely close or intimate with the co-worker to have been infected. Usually the health department of your community or the doctors caring for the patient will notify anybody at risk.

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How to diagnose bacterial meningitis without spinal test?

Need Spinal test. You can diagnose meningitis clinically but this won't tell you if it is bacterial or viral. A spinal tap should be done to confirm the diagnosis and for treatment decisions. Read more...
You don't. You can suspect it, but can't confirm it without the spinal tap results. Read more...

What do doctors do once they diagnose bacterial meningitis?

Antibiotics. Bacterial meningitis would always be treated with antibiotics. The initial antibiotics would be chosen to cover multiple different types of bacteria. However, if cultures from the spinal fluid grow a specific type of bacteria the treatment would be adjusted to target that organism. Depending on the severity of meningitis some patients may need rehabilitation. Read more...

My friend was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, can I catch it from him?

Sure. If you are a close contact with him you likely need medication to reduce your risk of contracting this. Usually in this scenerio the local health department is involved in making sure all those exposed are treated adequately so you may need to contact them for advice. Read more...
Likely. If this is meningococcal, it could be very contagious, but other forms may likewise put you at risk. Contact your doctor asap, and decided whether protective measures such as vaccines are indicated/. Read more...
Depends. There are different organisms that are more associated with bacterial meningitis. The two common in your age range are the pneumococcus and the meningococcus. Meningococcus causes so-called infectious meningitis. The risk of transmission is low except for close household contacts and those exposed to oral secretions. Prophylactic antimicrobials can do used for appropriate contacts. Read more...

My cousin just got diagnosed with bacterial meningitis. Is it infectious?

Yes. That's how he got it. There are multiple bacteria that cause meningitis. What the risk is to other people, whether or not close contacts need to take medicine to prevent getting sick themselves, can only be determined if the type of bacteria causing the infection has been discovered. We routinely vaccinate against several different causes of bacterial meningitis. Read more...
Infectious /contagus. Yes it is an infectious disease. However, some are more contagious than others, like the meningococcal meningitis, while pneumococcal meningitis is much less so. The need to seek treatment or evaluation if exposed would vary significantly and you can find out from the family, since the doc or hospital may not be able to share medical information (privacy laws) Read more...

I just found out someone I shared a cup with was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis 10 days ago. So far I have no symptoms. Am I past the incubation?

Low risk, no worries. Your risk probably is very low from this, and we're all commonly exposed to meningitis bacteria anyway; they're commonly carried by healthy people. Still, this could have slightly increased your risk. You should ask your doctor, or call your local or state health department and ask whether your exposure was close enough to justify preventive treatment; or to get the meningococcal vaccine. Read more...

Can bacterial meningitis be treated?

Yes. Most are initially treated with several different antibiotics at high doses until lab data shows which med would do the best job acting alone. Early diagnosis & treatment permit the best outcome. There is a risk of complications in all which very with the type of germ & speed of detection and treatment. Read more...

How is bacterial meningitis treated?

Antibiotics. Usually with high doses of intravenous antibiotics, sometimes accompanied by steroids. Read more...
Antibiotics. Most cases if not all are treated with intravenous antibiotics. Because it can be a serious disease the treatment is often lenghty depending on the type of bacteria causing it. Read more...

How do you get bacterial meningitis?

Infection. Dont know what you are looking for- giving a general answer. Usually infection from other parts of body may spread to the meninges (the layers surrounding the brain). Infection in blood, infection in parts of body adjacent to the brain like ear, nose, sinus etc. And also if the is some form if manipulation of the meninges (shunt, brain surgery, lumbar puncture), it increases the risk. Read more...
Infection. Bacterial meningitis is an infection of the covering of the brain and spine. The infection can be acquired by exposure to an infected individual with meningitis such as in dorms an camps. Respiratory infections and sepsis can also be a source of infection as post operative infections from a neurosurgical procedure . Injuries that cause a spinal fluid leak can also cause infection. Read more...