Meningitis, viral
Inflammation of the meninges caused by a virus—usually one of the enteroviruses, such as mumps or coxsackievirus. These viruses are shed in the feces, sputum (spit), and nasal discharges. Viral meningitis is contagious, and occurs most frequently in children. It can be a complication of infection with common childhood diseases, including chickenpox. Most patients with viral meningitis recover completely. Treatment, if warranted, is by antiviral drugs. Viral meningitis can often be prevented by improved hygiene. Also the most common form of aseptic meningitis and infectious meningitis.

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