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Meningitis-Diagnosing the correct strain

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  • Posted By: Jim143
  • January 3, 2007
  • 05:27 PM

My son contracted meningitis last spring. He also had sepsis. Thankfully he survived, and other than some scars he did not lose any limbs. After getting well, we tried to figure out how he could have gotten this disease. He does not have a girlfriend, so kissing is out of the question. He possibly could have drank from a dirty glass at a bar. But he remembered that about a week or 10 days before he got sick that he was cleaning a storage room at work that was contaminated with mouse droppings. We did some research and found out that there is a strain called Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis. This seems the most likely cause, and the symptoms he exhibited match the description exactly. However, the treating Drs. listed it as meningococcal meningitis which is transmitted by humans.I don't believe this is correct because we were in contact with him and did not get sick. I don't think they made a mistake on purpose, but rather because no one has much experience with meningitis and the different strains.They also never asked us at the time about his contact or his job. My question is: How do I go about finding out if the correct strain was in fact Lymphocytic?

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