Meningitis – Vietnam

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Outbreak of echovirus-4 meningitis in the central province of Ha Tinh in Vietnam.

Some symptoms listed include high temperatures, cold hands and feet, vomiting, and neck stiffness. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should go to a hospital for treatment.

The National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology confirmed the samples tested positive for Echovirus-4 meningitis.

Medical experts advised people to eat well-cooked food, boil their water, wash hands with soap, disinfect surfaces in their house.

Photo: cross-section of a human brain.

Viral meningitis, also known as aseptic meningitis, is a type of meningitis due to a viral infection. Viral meningitis is the cause of more than half of all cases of meningitis.

Most cases of viral meningitis are caused by enteroviruses (common stomach viruses). However, other viruses can also cause viral meningitis, such as West Nile virus, mumps, measles, herpes simplex types I and II, varicella and lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM) virus.

Symptoms commonly include headache, fever, sensitivity to light and neck stiffness.

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