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.For more information, please consult the resources links on the right.