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can i get meningitis from an animal such as a guinea pig

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my boyfriend had meningitis when he was little and the doctors told his family to get rid of any pets they had in the house.. recently i bougt\ht a guinea pig and his family freaked out saying i had to get rid of it cuz my boyfriend will get meningitis again and i would just like to know if that is true before i get rid of him.. so i would just like to know if it is possible to contract meningitis from an animal?
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  Don replied 10 years ago.

Hello, meningitis cannot be spread by animals as you will see in the following referenced website.

Questions and Answers about Meningitis

Hope this helps.

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