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How long does a person with meningitis stay infectious?
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Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Depends on germs
If you have bacterial meningitis and you've been treated for at least 24 hours, you are no longer contagious.
A person with viral meningitis may be contagious for 7-10 days after their symptoms first started. Cover your nose/mouth when you sneeze/cough. Avoid spread by washing hands a lot. Don't share spoons, forks, drinking straws, chapsticks, lip glosses/lipsticks.

In brief: Depends on germs
If you have bacterial meningitis and you've been treated for at least 24 hours, you are no longer contagious.
A person with viral meningitis may be contagious for 7-10 days after their symptoms first started. Cover your nose/mouth when you sneeze/cough. Avoid spread by washing hands a lot. Don't share spoons, forks, drinking straws, chapsticks, lip glosses/lipsticks.
Dr. Francine Yep
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Contageous
Of the bacterial meningities only meningcoccal menigitis is considered contageous.
If you are exposed to a person with meningcoccal meningitis, you should see yoiur doctor immediately since it can be fatal within 24 hours of exposure. Once the patient has received antibiotics for 24-48 hours they are not contageous except for contact with spinal fluid.

In brief: Contageous
Of the bacterial meningities only meningcoccal menigitis is considered contageous.
If you are exposed to a person with meningcoccal meningitis, you should see yoiur doctor immediately since it can be fatal within 24 hours of exposure. Once the patient has received antibiotics for 24-48 hours they are not contageous except for contact with spinal fluid.
Dr. William Singer
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