NC DPH: Meningitis

NC DPH: Meningitis

Viral meningitis is inflammation of the leptomeniges due to a viral agent. Parents should know that both bacteria and viruses can cause meningitis. Viral meningitis is the most common type of meningitis. Although these symptoms are similar to those of encephalitis, encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain itself, while meningitis affects the membranes that surround it. Antibiotics are ineffective in treating viral meningitis, and most cases of viral meningitis will resolve without lasting effect in about two weeks. Neuroepidemiology 22 (6): 345–52. Click here for more facts and information.
NC DPH: Meningitis

Various meningitis disease conditions are commmonly called “spinal meningitis”‘. Vaccines and antibiotics make up the arsenal against bacterial meningitis. The most important causes of bacterial meningitis are meningococcal meningitis (caused by the bacterium Neisseria meningitides), pneumococcal meningitis, (caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae) and Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib) meningitis, but there are many other types. Thorough examination of the lymphatics, skin, joints, and mucous membranes is required in order to assess disease activity in patients with a known comorbid condition, as well as to identify patients presenting with aseptic meningitis as the first clinical manifestation of their disease. The prevalence of complete deficiency of C4 or subunit proteins of the C1 complex in humans is extremely rare; fewer than 100 cases have been reported so far (14, 274, 492, 496). Symptoms include high fever, headache, chills, vomiting, stiff neck or back, and confusion, sometimes accompanied by a purplish rash. Pneumococcal vaccines are recommended for both young children and for the elderly, as both groups are at increased risk for pneumococcal invasive disease, which can result in pneumococcal meningitis.

Despite their historical significance, a positive result from either test has not been shown to be reliable indicators of meningitis. All orders of Gene-Eden-VIR are completely confidential, and no information is shared or sold to any third party. Viral meningitis can result from infection with many common viruses, including enteroviruses and herpes simplex virus. Meningitis is a major form of death due to HIV in some countries. Getting immunized against vaccine-preventable viruses, practicing good hygiene including washing your hands frequently, and avoiding mosquito bites are good ways to avoid viral illnesses that can develop into viral meningitis.

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