Viral Meningitis

Viral meningitis is a relatively benign condition that may be caught by close contact with someone who has a viral infection, or it may be a complication of diseases such as mumps, glandular fever and Herpes.

It causes a fever, headache, nausea and vomiting, tiredness and sometimes muscle weakness or paralysis, and neck stiffness may be present.

No specific treatment or prevention is available for viral meningitis, but bed rest, good nursing, paracetamol, and sometimes medication for vomiting are prescribed.

It is rare for there to be any after-effects and patients usually recover in one or two weeks.

 

(Last modified: 22nd Oct 2014)

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