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Is viral meningitis contagious?

By Anonymous June 28, 2017 - 12:47pm
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If someone has tested positive for viral meningitis is it contagious to others.

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. Thank you for your question.

Yes, viral meningitis is contagious. If you have close contact with a person who has viral meningitis, you may become infected with the virus that made that person sick. However, you are not likely to develop meningitis. That’s because only a small number of people who get infected with the viruses that cause meningitis will actually develop viral meningitis.

Viral meningitis is the most common type of meningitis, an inflammation of the tissue that covers the brain and spinal cord. It is often less severe than bacterial meningitis, and most people get better on their own (without treatment). However, it’s very important for anyone with symptoms of meningitis to see a healthcare provider right away because some types of meningitis can be very serious, and only a doctor can determine if you have the disease, the type of meningitis, and the best treatment, which can sometimes be lifesaving.


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