Viral meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes around the brain and spinal cord caused by a virus. These membranes help to protect the brain from injury and infection. There are a number of viruses which cause viral meningitis, the most common of which are enteroviruses that live in the intestines. Other viruses include mumps and measles. Mollaret’s meningitis is a rare condition believed to be caused by infection with a member of the herpes family of viruses.
The Penningtons Manches’ clinical negligence team acts for a number of families where there has been a failure to diagnose viral meningitis and, although it is rarely life threatening, the disease can have a huge impact on a person’s life and that of their families. Thankfully a good recovery is likely but, for many, the recovery can be slow and the after-effects can be long lasting. Sufferers can be left with tiredness, headaches, memory loss and lack of concentration.
The most common cause for complaint amongst sufferers is that a diagnosis was missed or was very late. A recovery can be delayed and unnecessary injury caused due to the failure to spot and treat the disease sooner. The most common symptoms include:
The disease can affect any age group. It is more prevalent in the USA and Japan and also more likely to occur in the summer or autumn.