Mollaret’s meningitis

Mollaret's meningitis is named after the person who discovered it in 1944, Pierre Mollaret (pronounced as Molla-ray). It is a rare type of chronic recurrent, lymphocytic meningitis often caused with the Herpes Simplex virus type 2.

Herpes Simplex virus type 2, directly affects the central nervous system and can be inactive for a time without the person showing any signs or symptoms.

About 1 in 5 people who suffer from the Herpes Simplex Virus 2 meningitis more than three times is usually diagnosed with Mollaret’s meningitis.

Mollaret’s can last between 2-7 days and usually resolves itself, however there is medication for this and is usually similar to the medicine used to treat genital herpes and cold sores. It is necessary to see your doctor for advice and perhaps a neurological infection specialist.

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