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

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: 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)

In brief: 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)
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Bryan Levey
Dr. Bryan Levey
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