Pneumococcal Meningitis Transmission
Facts about bacterial meningitis:
- Meningitis outbreaks often occur in late winter and early spring.
- People with bacterial infections release the bacteria into the air on droplets of mucus when they sneeze or cough.
- The bacteria enters the lungs of others when they inhale the droplets.
- Once you have been exposed to the bacteria that cause meningitis, it may take 2 to 10 days before symptoms develop.
- People with bacterial meningitis are contagious for a week before they have symptoms.
- Individuals are contagious until they have been treated with antibiotics for at least 24 hours.
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