Enterovirus outbreak linked to Meningitis outbreak, October 2014
“Five viral meningitis cases at the University of Maryland were confirmed as having been caused by an enterovirus, according to the University Health Center, and it’s possible the EV-68 strain is causing the outbreak at the school, where more than 20 students have been infected. However, there are more than 100 enterovirus strains that also could be responsible.
It’s unusual for an otherwise healthy person who is college-age to get viral meningitis, Wergin says; typically, it occurs among children younger than 5. It makes sense, however, that people could be more at risk in an enclosed environment like a classroom or dorm, he says.
People who are around someone who is infected with viral meningitis also may get sick, and touching infected surfaces or being sneezed or coughed on can put people at risk. Wergin says patients need to stay at home if they are infected.”
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- Posted by Pam
- On March 1, 2015