Viral Meningitis (Nonbacterial Meningitis)


Viral meningitis is an infection of the meninges (a thin lining covering the brain and spinal cord) by any one of a number of different viruses. It is a fairly common disease; 500-700 cases are reported each year in New York State. Almost all of the cases occur as single, isolated events. Outbreaks are rare. Typically viral meningitis infections are not life-threatening, but they may pose a greater risk to vulnerable populations such as infants or patients with weakened immune systems.

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