Viral meningitis is a viral infection of the lining covering the brain and spinal cord. There are many types of viruses that can cause this disease. Anyone can get viral meningitis, but it occurs most often in children.
There are several viruses capable of causing viral meningitis. Some of these viruses are spread by person-to-person contact, while others can be spread by insects. Some of the enteroviruses that cause viral meningitis are contagious.
Symptoms generally appear within one week of exposure. They may include:
There are no specific medicines used to treat viral meningitis. Isolation is not necessary. Most cases are due to viruses that pass in the stool. If you are diagnosed with viral meningitis, you should thoroughly wash your hands after using the toilet.