Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Bacterial Meningitis or Viral Meningitis: Hard to Diagnose

While viral meningitis is not as serious as bacterial meningitis, an 8-year-old boy is being diagnosed with viral meningitis but the diagnosis is not 100 percent. The boy has been unable to eat or keep food down for over a week and is still in the hospital.

The boy’s doctor is treating the case with antibiotics anyway.

The community is concerned about the contagiousness but medical professionals are downplaying that risk. Health experts reveal that late summer and early fall is when more cases of meningitis happen and can be prevented by good hygiene and frequent hand-washing.

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