Patient discussion about meningitis

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Q. What Causes Meningitis?

I was told that meningitis is a very infectious disese. What causes meningitis?
A1Most cases of meningitis are caused by microorganisms, such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, or parasites, that spread into the blood and into the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Non-infectious causes include cancers, certain drugs and more. The most common cause of meningitis is viral, that is usually less severe. Bacterial meningitis is the second most frequent type and can be serious and life-threatening. Bacterial meningitis is a medical emergency.
A2Meningitis is indeed a very infectious disease, caused by infectious agents such as bacterias, viruses and different subtypes of parasites or fungi. You can view here what exactly is meningitis and more about what causes it-
http://www.5min.com/Video/What-is-Meningitis-7106

Q. does my daughter need a meningitis vaccine?

A1Yes I require all girls to get vaccinated.That makes one less to have HPV or to get cervical cancer.I have a sister who got the vaccine.
A2I agree that vacinating our children is much better than the disease we are vaccinating against and my little one's doctor feels in time it will be a requires vaccine also so anything to protect my child ! Have a great day.
A3The CDC now recommends that children ages 11 to 12 years old, unvaccinated teens entering high school, and unvaccinated college freshmen living in dormitories should be routinely vaccinated. and that for a very good reason. any pathogen that can penetrate the blood-brain barrier is highly dangerous. meningitis can kill faster then a hurricane...i would want to protect my child from that, and vaccination is the best and proven way.

Q. i have been in contact with someone whose in contact with bacterial meningitis. is this dangerous?

A1 bacterial meningitis is one of the most lethal infections known. when people get infected by it they get a __ load of antibiotics and so are their families. but it all depends on what stage you had contact, and how close contact. in any way- he is probably under treatment now, no? if so, contact the doctors where he is hospitalized and ask them what is the protocol.
A2For the one who has bacterial meningitis, it is dangerous, and hopefully this person was treated with antibiotics quickly. The covering of the brain and spinal cord become swollen, so damage can occur with the infected person's nervous system. Quick treatment is necessary.

Viral meningitis is more common than bacterial, yet bacterial is more dangerous. The bacteria responsible for meningitis are spread through close contact with the infected person's nose or throat.

About 75,000 cases of meningitis happen every year in the us. Head ache and neck pain are the initial symptoms. See the following link:

http://www.dhpe.org/infect/Bacmeningitis.html

Q. can i catch meningitis from a dead body

hello my friends little girl died of meningitis on 28th december and shortly after she died i went to see her laid out but im worried i might catch it as i have two children myself one is almost 7 and the other is 4 we have had our jabs but im very worried about it
A1a very good question. i would think not. it's not like she has an area of air around her that is contagious. an infection need to pass in a certain way, by body fluids and such. dead bodies do not create bodily fluids and certainly will not infect in a distance.
A2My deepest condolences to you and your friend's family!
If you were in contact with the little girl before she died, call your doctor to see if there was a risk to you. After death, I would think that the chemicals use to embalm would destroy the meningitis. Call your doctor to put your mind at ease. Again, I'm very sorry.
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