What is viral meningitis?
Many types of viruses can cause this disease, including common intestinal viruses. Occasionally, children with mumps virus or herpes virus can develop meningitis. Mosquito-borne viruses also account for some cases of viral meningitis. Often, we can't identify a specific virus as the cause for meningitis.
Who gets viral meningitis?
Anyone can get viral meningitis, but it occurs most often in children. It is most common in the summer and early fall.
How is the virus spread?
The way people get viral meningitis depends on the virus involved. Some viruses that cause meningitis spread by person-to-person contact; others spread by insects.