Viral Meningitis, not otherwise specified, in Ireland
Meningitis is an inflammation of the meninges, which is the name given to the covering layer of the brain and spinal cord. Viral meningitis, also known as "aseptic meningitis", is the commonest type and is most frequently seen in children. It is a milder disease than bacterial meningitis and is rarely fatal. People with viral meningitis may have severe symptoms, but they usually recover completely. There is no specific drug treatment for viral meningitis.
Most cases of viral meningitis are attributable to enteroviruses, of which there are numerous types.
Viral meningitis data are collected by HPSC with the assistance of Departments of Public Health, Microbiology Laboratories and the National Virus Reference Laboratory (NVRL).