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Does having meningitis give you immunity?

Does having meningitis give you immunity?

It is very unusual for anyone to have meningitis more than once, but it is possible. Most people some develop immunity to the organism that has caused their disease.

Can you survive fungal meningitis?

The case count continues to climb as people contract a rare form of meningitis that produces strokelike symptoms. As of this posting, 14 patients have died and 156 others have fallen ill across 11 states.

Can a person be contagious from fungal meningitis?

When this occurs, it may cause fungal meningitis, which is an inflammation of the protective membrane surrounding the central nervous system. Although it can be very serious, fungal meningitis is also very rare, and it is not contagious.

How does a lab test for fungal meningitis?

The test is called a lumbar puncture. The fluid is sent to a lab, where technicians culture it to see if fungus will grow. It’s difficult to get fungus to grow under laboratory conditions, however, and yesterday the CDC said that some people who get meningitis will test negative for fungus.

How is fungal meningitis treated in the hospital?

Treating fungal meningitis involves killing the underlying infection with a long course of antifungal medication (specific to the fungus) that is usually given intravenously in the hospital. Some of these drugs, especially amphotericin B, can be toxic to the kidneys. Additional reporting by Carlene Bauer.

Who is most at risk for fungal meningitis?

The overall prevalence of the disease is unclear, but certain forms are somewhat common among high-risk populations. Groups most at risk for fungal meningitis include: Newborns. Individuals with weakened immune systems through diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and HIV or AIDS.

What are the signs and symptoms of fungal meningitis?

Signs and symptoms of fungal meningitis may include the following: Fever. Headache. Stiff neck. Nausea and vomiting. Photophobia (eyes being more sensitive to light) Altered mental status (confusion)

When this occurs, it may cause fungal meningitis, which is an inflammation of the protective membrane surrounding the central nervous system. Although it can be very serious, fungal meningitis is also very rare, and it is not contagious.

The overall prevalence of the disease is unclear, but certain forms are somewhat common among high-risk populations. Groups most at risk for fungal meningitis include: Newborns. Individuals with weakened immune systems through diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and HIV or AIDS.

How much CSF to collect for fungal meningitis?

In general the yield of a positive CSF culture may be increased by collecting 15–20 ml of CSF and large volumes of CSF should be obtained if fungal meningitis is suspected ( Dismukes et al., 1987 ).