What Is Aseptic Meningitis?

Q:
What’s to know about aseptic meningitis?

A:
Aseptic meningitis is the inflammation of the brain and spinal cord’s tissues caused by viruses. So it is also called viral meningitis.

Aseptic meningitis’ symptoms are often less serious than those of bacterial meningitis, which is caused by a bacterial infection. Many patients become healthy again within 2 weeks.

Symptoms in adult and children:

  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite

Symptoms in infants:

  • Frequent crying
  • Fever
  • Difficulty waking up after falling asleep

More than half of the cases are caused by seasonal viruses. Here are these viruses:

  • HIV
  • Mumps
  • Rabies
  • Measles
  • Chickenpox
  • Herpes simplex

This disease is contagious. You can get the disease by contacting with an infected person’s saliva or cough. You can also catch it after being bit by a mosquito.

Incubation period for the disease is often 2 to 10 days.

 

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