How you get viral meningitis?

Alright, let’s talk about meningitis. You might think it’s some kind of exotic disease that only affects people in far-off lands, but the truth is much more mundane: you can get meningitis pretty much anywhere. In fact, you might have already had it without even realizing it! So how exactly does one contract this pesky little bug? Let’s dive in.

What Is Meningitis Anyway?

Before we get into the nitty gritty of how to catch viral meningitis (VM for short), let’s take a step back and examine what we’re dealing with here.

Meningitis refers to inflammation of the meninges, which are membranes that surround your brain and spinal cord. There are different types of meningitis – bacterial, fungal, viral, etc. – but we’re going to focus on VM because frankly it’s more fun (and less deadly) than its bacterial counterpart.

Symptoms of VM include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light

Oh joy! Sounds like a great time all around.

How Do You Get It?

So now that we know what VM looks like, the question becomes: where does it come from? How do you catch this elusive beast?

Well my friends, I hate to say this, but…you probably won’t be surprised by the answer.

You get VM just like you would any other virus: through contact with an infected person or contaminated object/area (think water fountains or door handles). That means kissing someone who has VM (gross) or sharing utensils/drinking glasses/etc. with them (double gross).

But wait! Didn’t I say earlier that you may have already had VM before? That doesn’t sound right considering none of us are walking around with neck braces on.

The thing is, not everyone who gets VM actually shows symptoms. In fact, up to 90% of people infected with the virus don’t experience any ill effects! That’s why it’s often referred to as the “silent epidemic”.

Who Is More at Risk?

Alright, so we know how you get VM: through close contact with a carrier. But are some people more susceptible than others?

Indeed they are! Here are some factors that increase your chances of catching VM:

  • Age: Infants and young children under 5 years old, as well as teenagers/young adults between ages 15-24, have a higher risk due to their still-developing immune systems.
  • Living in group settings: College dorms or other crowded environments can be breeding grounds for viruses like VM.
  • Weakened immune system: If you’re undergoing chemotherapy or have HIV/AIDS, your body may not be able to fight off infections like it normally would.
  • Travel abroad: Certain countries (e.g. parts of Africa) have a higher incidence rate of meningitis than others.

So if you fall into one (or more) of these categories, take extra precautions when interacting with others or sharing items.

How Can You Prevent It?

If all this talk about being infected by strangers has got you spooked, never fear – there are steps you can take to protect yourself from contracting VM!

  1. Practice good hygiene – Wash your hands frequently; avoid touching your face/mouth/nose unless necessary; cover your mouth when coughing/sneezing
  2. Don’t share personal items – Utensils, drinking glasses/cups/bottles/etc., makeup/tools…keep ’em to yourself!
  3. Avoid crowding and/or confined spaces – Wherever possible try to maintain distance from coughers/sneezers and avoid crowds in general
    4 .Vaccination – There are vaccines available for some strains of VM (ask your doctor!)

Okay, I Caught It. Now What?

Say you followed all our tips and still managed to catch the silly thing – what now?

First off: don’t panic. Most cases of VM are not severe and do not require hospitalization. Your body will fight off the virus on its own within a few weeks, provided you get plenty of rest and fluids.

For more serious cases, hospitalization may be required for closer monitoring; your healthcare provider will give you instructions based on your specific situation.

And there you have it! You’re now an expert on how to contract viral meningitis (please note: we do not actually endorse contracting any form of meningitis). Stay safe out there folks!

Random Posts