VIRAL MENINGOCASCISTS ARE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR VIRUSES THAT HAVE SEEN PEOPLE HOSPITALIZED.
The latest cases of meningovirus have prompted calls to have more people vaccinated.
Dr. Robert Smith, an infectious disease specialist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, says the number of menedococcal infections is up in the Northeast, where there is the most exposure.
There are also more cases in the Midwest, the Southeastern and the Pacific.
Smith says that has led to an uptick in people asking him for help with meningospirus diagnosis and treatment.
“If someone is not getting tested, that’s a concern because the test can be unreliable,” he says.
“There is a lot of fear in terms of the test being wrong.
There is a great deal of concern that the test will be incorrect.”
People who get the meningos virus can develop meningomatosis, an infection of the membranes surrounding the brain.
It can lead to nerve damage and death.
A viral meningomyosis can cause other symptoms such as fever, fatigue and headache.
It’s not clear what caused the recent uptick in cases in Massachusetts.
“This is a very active pandemic,” Smith says.
He says the latest case is in an area where the menedos virus is common, like a small town in Maine.
Smith is also seeing more cases of people in his community who are receiving medical care for viral meneditis.
“It is important to get this in as soon as possible, and to have people get tested,” he said.
The number of people who get meningoplasmosis can increase to about one per day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The virus is caused by a protozoan called B. burgdorferi.
Symptoms include fever, headache, joint pain and loss of appetite.
The CDC recommends that people avoid contact with anyone with an infected person, and if you or someone you know has meningoplastomas, call your health care provider right away.