Viral Meningitis

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Viral Meningitis

Viral MeningitisViral meningitis is generally less severe and resolves without specific treatment.Causes Most viral meningitis cases in the United States, especially during the summer months, are caused by enteroviruses; however, only a small number of people with enterovirus infections actually develop meningitis.Other viral infections that can lead to meningitis include Mumps Herpesvirus, including Epstein-Barr virus, herpes simplex viruses, varicella-zoster virus (which also causes chicken pox and shingles), measles, and influenza Viruses spread through mosquitoes and other insects (arboviruses) In rare cases LCMV (lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus), which is spread by rodents, can cause viral meningitisRisk FactorsViral meningitis can affect anyone. But infants younger than 1 month old and people whose immune systems are weak are at higher risk for severe infection. People who are around someone with viral meningitis have a chance of becoming infected with the virus that made that person sick, but they are not likely to develop meningitis as a complication of the illness.Factors that can increase your risk of viral meningitis include: Age Viral meningitis occurs mostly in children younger than age 5 Weakened immune system.There are certain diseases, medications and surgical procedures that may weaken the immune system and increase risk of meningitis.

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