Meningitis, (Viral)

CAUSE:

Viral meningitis may be caused by a variety of viruses.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS:

Symptoms usually consist of headache, nausea, vomiting, tiredness, and low-grade fever. Sometimes a rash may appear. A stiff neck, respiratory and gastrointestinal symptoms also occur.

INCUBATION PERIOD:

Illness usually mild, lasting two to seven days.

MODE OF TRANSMISSION:

Unknown. Viral meningitis is very common, especially from July through October.

PREVENTIVE MEASURES:

Depends on the etiology.

PERIOD OF COMMUNICABILITY:

Vary with the type of infectious agent.

IMPLICATIONS FOR SCHOOL:

Exclusion of student is not necessary. Notify Coordinated Student Health Services, 754-321-1575.