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If you have meningitis and get treated can you still spread it to someone else after treatment?
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Dr. Joel Gallant
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: No
No, not after you've been treated.

In brief: No
No, not after you've been treated.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: Define spread .....
Bacterial meningitis is contageous and can be spread in salivary secretions prior to treatment.
Once the germ is killed, during or after treatment you cannot spread it.Viral meningitis is often caused by a gut virus that infects the meninges as a secondary issue.You would be contageous during the fever phase but that ends.However, the living virus could be found in stool for a few weeks afterward.

In brief: Define spread .....
Bacterial meningitis is contageous and can be spread in salivary secretions prior to treatment.
Once the germ is killed, during or after treatment you cannot spread it.Viral meningitis is often caused by a gut virus that infects the meninges as a secondary issue.You would be contageous during the fever phase but that ends.However, the living virus could be found in stool for a few weeks afterward.
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