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VIRAL MENINGITIS

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Description:

Inflammation of tissue covering the brain and spinal cord

Victims:

Those that can be affected are children younger than 5 years old or people with weak immune systems; infants 1 month old or younger are more prone

HOW VIRUS SPREADS:

· Non-polio enteroviruses

· Mumps virus

· Herpesviruses, including Epstein-Barr virus, herpes simplex viruses, and varicella-zoster virus

· Measles virus

· Influenza virus

· Arboviruses (spread through mosquitoes and other insects)

· Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus

Where it’s found:

Virus can infect through saliva, feces, and nasal discharge

INJURIES:

· No permanent injuries, but while you are sick you can experience the following symptoms:

Fever, stiff neck, severe headache, eye sensitivity to light, vomiting, nausea, extreme sleepiness, confusion, seizure

Dangerous?:

This virus is not considered dangerous. You will feel sick for about 7 to 10 days

Preventions:

You can keep from getting meningitis by…

· Wash your hands often with soap and water

· Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.

· Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, or sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.

· Cover your coughs and sneezes with something other than your hands

· Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, especially if someone is sick

· Stay home when you are sick