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What is viral meningitis?

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It usually affects people more during the summer and fall. Because of its flu-like symptoms, many people mistake it for the flu. Viruses that cause stomach flu are a cause of viral meningitis, but most people who have these infections don't get meningitis. Others viruses that lead to meningitis are those that cause chickenpox, mononucleosis (mono), and herpes.

SOURCES:

Nemours Foundation: "Meningitis."

Meningitis Foundation of America: "Top 20 Questions About Meningitis."

NINDS: "Meningitis and Encephalitis Fact Sheet."

CDC: "Meningococcal Disease."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 05, 2019

SOURCES:

Nemours Foundation: "Meningitis."

Meningitis Foundation of America: "Top 20 Questions About Meningitis."

NINDS: "Meningitis and Encephalitis Fact Sheet."

CDC: "Meningococcal Disease."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 05, 2019

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