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Can spinal meningitis be spread through contact?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
3 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

Meningitis means inflammation of the tissues around the brain and spinal column.
When caused by infection transmission from person to person depends upon which organism is the causative agent. Neisseria meningitidis (meningococcus) may be highly communicable with close contact. Epidemics seen in institutions, military training camps, schools and within family units.

In brief: Depends

Meningitis means inflammation of the tissues around the brain and spinal column.
When caused by infection transmission from person to person depends upon which organism is the causative agent. Neisseria meningitidis (meningococcus) may be highly communicable with close contact. Epidemics seen in institutions, military training camps, schools and within family units.
Dr. Martin Raff
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Dr. Jay Park
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Close contact

Individuals having close contact with affected patient in such settings as same household, daycare, military barracks, and college dorm, are at higher risk to get infected.

In brief: Close contact

Individuals having close contact with affected patient in such settings as same household, daycare, military barracks, and college dorm, are at higher risk to get infected.
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Dr. William Betts
Neurosurgery
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In brief: Meningitis

Most bacterial menigitises are infectious although relatively few people become infected.
Neisseria meningitis is very infective and needs to be treated immediately or fatal consequences may occur.

In brief: Meningitis

Most bacterial menigitises are infectious although relatively few people become infected.
Neisseria meningitis is very infective and needs to be treated immediately or fatal consequences may occur.
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Dr. Larry Lutwick
Neisseria meningitidis (the meningococcus) is the kind of bacterial meningitis that can spread by close contact although secondary cases only occur in 1-3% of the time in sporadic disease.
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