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Is it true that bacterial meningitis is contagious?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Some > than others

Some forms are much more worrisome than others.
Meningococcal meningitis is quite contagious and close contacts are routinely given antibiotics to interrupt transmission. Pneumococcal meningitis contacts are not, since the germ is relatively common among normal individuals and it has not been found necessary.

In brief: Some > than others

Some forms are much more worrisome than others.
Meningococcal meningitis is quite contagious and close contacts are routinely given antibiotics to interrupt transmission. Pneumococcal meningitis contacts are not, since the germ is relatively common among normal individuals and it has not been found necessary.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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