Viral meningitis is an infection of the meninges (a thin lining covering the brain and spinal cord) by any one of a number of different viruses.
Occasionally, children will have viral meningitis associated with mumps or herpes virus infection. Mosquito-borne viruses also account for a few cases each year. In many cases, the specific virus cannot be identified.
There are no specific medicines or antibiotics used to treat viral meningitis.
Find the facts on viral meningitis including treatment options in this video.