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Viral 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. Almost all of the cases occur as single, isolated events. Outbreaks are rare.

Because a number of different viruses are capable of causing viral meningitis, the manner it is spread depends upon the type. Some are spread by person-to-person contact, while others are spread by insects. Common symptoms include fever, headache, stiff neck, fatigue, as well as a rash, sore throat and intestinal symptoms.


Utah Department of Health
Bureau of Epidemiology
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