Outbreak of viral meningitis in Tomsk, Russia

As many as 240 cases of what appears to be viral meningitis have been reported by several health care facilities in Tomsk. The specific virus causing this outbreak is not reported.

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Advice For Travellers

Viral meningitis can be caused by several types of viruses, including enteroviruses. Most people who get infected with enteroviruses are asymptomatic or have only a mild febrile illness. Enteroviruses are most often spread via the fecal-oral route from person to person, through fecal contamination of water or food, or contact with contaminated inanimate objects. Enteroviruses can also be spread through the respiratory secretions (saliva, sputum, or nasal mucus) of an infected person. Travellers in the affected area should practice careful personal hygiene as well as water and food precautions.

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