Advanced Health Conditions

Viral Meningitis

Viral Meningitis Overview:

Viral meningitis (nonbacterial meningitis) is a viral infection of the thin lining that covers the brain and the spinal cord (meninges).  It is not as serious as bacterial meningitis or meningitis.  Viral meningitis usually clears up by itself within a week or two (there is no known medicine to help this viral infection) and most commonly affects children and young adults.  A doctor can diagnose this infection using blood tests.

 

Viral Meningitis Causes:

Viral Meningitis is caused by several different viruses.  Mosquitoes are known to carry viruses that cause Viral Meningitis.  Many of the diagnosed cases of viral meningitis are caused by a common intestinal virus. 

 

Viral Meningitis Symptoms:

Symptoms are developed about one week after first contact with the virus.  Symptoms include:  headache, tiredness, fever, stiff neck, rash, vomiting, and a sore throat. 

 

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