Is herpes meningitis contagious?

Yes. Patients with herpes meningitis should be under contact precautions, as it can be spread like the flu.

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Does Valtrex (valacyclovir) stop herpes meningitis from occuring?

Very rare. Herpes meningitis is very rare but if the herpes virus was caught and controlled right at the beginning it would make sense from a medical stand point that if and that's a big it meningitis was to occur the herpes would have been resolved . But again this is rare. Read more...

What happens if fungal/herpes/enterovirus meningitis aren't treated? Can they cause death?

It depends. Fungal meningitis is bad stuff, tough to treat successfully, but usually deadly if not treated. Herpes encephalitis can cause severe disability and/or death and should be aggressively treated as early as possible. Other viral meningitis cases could potentially resolve successfully even without medication, and are often not even clearly diagnosed initially. Read more...

I have herpes. Am I at risk for viral meningitis?

Yes, but ... Since herpes simplex virus is a cause of viral meningitis, a person with herpes is at some risk for viral meningitis. However, viral meningitis is not common, can be from other viruses, and some people who get herpes meningitis never had herpes sores before. So, a normal person with herpes should not worry too much about meningitis, since his risk is likely similar to the risk everyone else has. Read more...
Possible. Theoretically viral meningitis is possible. But it usually occurs in immunosuppressed people, children and older age groups. Read more...
Local vs meningitis. Herpes is one of many viruses that can show up in different areas depending on the situation.Localized genital or cold sore herpes is common & when they occur they remain limited to the region of their outbreak.Herpes meningoencephalitis occurs in newborns that pass through an infected birth canal and rarely in compromised patients.You could have chronic herpes & get other forms of viral meningiti. Read more...

Is it possible to have aseptic meningitis (viral, herpes, fungi) and not have treatment and feel ok after 10 days?

Yes. Viral meningitis, once completed, and you have fully recovered should not cause further problems. Read more...
Yes. This is often the case with mono, mumps and other common viral illnesses that we seldom do a spinal tap on because we know they can have a mild aseptic meningitis. (why look if it doesn't change treatment) Some diarrheal illnesses will also have a similar finding.It will not happen with systemic herpes or fungal infections. These are nasty and trigger extensive testing. Read more...

I suffered from viral meningitis but my doctor didn't say anything about a herpes. If I had gotten meningitis from a herpes virus...Would I know?

Maybe. Mollaret's is a viral meningitis that's often the result of meeting genital herpes; it may happen several times. A characteristic cell may show up in the spinal fluid. Your physicain may have considered this. If you do not have herpes elsewhere, this is unlikely. Read more...

How contagious is meningitis? And how is it spread? I am worried my friend might have it and I was around her and massaged her head. Worried

Meningitis. Causes of bacterial meningitis including strep, neisseria, h flu & viruses like enteroviruses, herpes, & hiv. Bacteria & viruses that cause meningitis colonize the nose & throat & are transmitted through respiratory droplets. Viral meningitis can also be transmitted by fecal-oral routes & insect bites. Usually contacts working within ~3 ft of those with meningitis r considered to be at high risk. Read more...

Is meningitis contagious?

Yes. Although some types are more contagious than others, the three most common types of bacterial meningitis all have vaccines available to reduce the risk. There are no vaccines for viral meningitis, but fortunately viral meningitis is typically less serious than bacterial. Read more...
Yes. Meningitis is contagious. It is typically caused by viruses or bacteria, but other, more rare causes, do occur. Viral meningitis is usually less severe and may not need medication (some does), but all other types will need urgent medical care within the hospital. Read more...
Yes. Meningitis is usually caused by viruses or bacteria. These germs are contagious, and are spread most likely by close contact with ill persons (such as living in the same home, coughing and sneezing on one another, being the caretaker of an ill person, etc. . . .). Read more...
Yes. Certain forms like Meningococcal meningitis are contagious, other forms like western equine encephalitis virus meningitis aren't contagious. Read more...
Yes. It is highly contagious - so much so that contacts to certain types of bacterial meningitis need antibiotics just because they've come into contact with the meningitis. The guidelines are best interpreted for your case by your provider, so a phone call is a great idea if you're concerned. Read more...
Yes. There are several agents that cause infectious meningitis and all are contagious.The 3 major bacterial agents have preventative vaccines that have eliminated most cases of these diseases in the U.S., saving thousands of lives. In some cases, antibiotics given to exposed people may prevent the spread. If you are concerned consult with your doctor. Read more...
Yes. Meningitis is swelling around the brain that is caused by a virus or bacteria. There are vaccines against some types of meningitis. These include the pneumococcal, meningococcal, and haemophilus influenza type b (hib) (not related to the seasonal flu!) vaccines. Meningitis can be spread from person to person through close contact. Contacts should be treated if meningitis is diagnosed. Read more...
Yes. Yes. Most common forms of meningitis (viral and bacterial) are contagious, although some causes are insignificantly infective (like fungal causes). Remember, some causes of bacterial meningitis can be prevented with vaccines. Read more...
Possibly. Bacterial infections that cause meningitis spread by droplet infection that is inhaled. Viral infections are spread by a similar mechanism although some forms of meningo-encephalitis are insect born. Fungal infections are acquired from the environment and usually are not transferred form person to person. Persons with immune deficiency are at greatest risk for acquiring meningitis from others. Read more...
Yes. Without knowing what type of meningitis you are referring to, my answer would be to assume that the meningitis is contagious. Especially for infants, elderly or anyone with a weakened immune system. It's always better to be safe than sorry. Read more...

Length of meningitis contagiousness? How long is a person afflicted with meningitis contagious to others?

Depends on the cause. Meningitis can be caused by many difference bacteria, viruses, fungi, and even non-infectious causes. The time that you remain contagious depends on the underlying cause of the meningitis. Read more...