What Is Viral Meningitis?


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Viral meningitis is a type of meningitis that is caused by non-polio enteroviruses, according to the CDC. Meningitis is a health condition that is characterized by inflammation of the protective linings that cover the brain and the spinal cord.

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What Is Viral Meningitis?
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The symptoms of viral meningitis include vomiting, stiff neck, fever and headache. Some people may experience pain in the muscles and rash. Fortunately, many people get better without using treatment. Viral meningitis is not as severe as bacterial meningitis. The common cause of viral meningitis is enteroviruses. Other causes include influenza virus, mumps virus, measles virus, herpes virus and arboviruses. A person of any age can get viral meningitis, but people with poor immune system are more vulnerable.

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