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Close contact -- not casual contact at work or school -- can spread the bacteria and viruses that cause meningitis. This includes kissing, coughing, laughing, or sneezing.

Sharing eating utensils, glasses, food, or towels can also spread these bacteria and viruses.

However, meningitis itself is not considered an airborne or waterborne disease.

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