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Aseptic Meningitis Prevention


Wash your hands often particularly:

  • If you are in close contact with an infected person
  • Immediately after changing the diaper of an infected infant

If you work in a childcare setting:

  • Regularly wash objects and surfaces touched by children
  • Use a diluted bleach solution

If you've never had measles, mumps, rubella, and chickenpox:

  • Consider being vaccinated

Some forms of viral meningitis are spread by mosquito bites:

  • Follow public health recommendations for reducing mosquitoes near your home
  • Take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes

If you are contemplating a pregnancy:

  • Be sure you are protected from common diseases (eg, chickenpox)
  • Avoid all contact with rodents during pregnancy:
    • Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus can be acquired from pet hamsters, mice, or other rodents
    • If you own a rodent, consider finding another home for it while you are pregnant

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