Information on Encephalitis
Encephalitis is a condition characterized by inflammation of the brain. It can occur as a result of a direct viral infection of the spinal cord and brain; it may also result from complications of a current viral infection. People with weakened immune systems are at the highest risk of contracting encephalitis.
This condition can cause a wide range of symptoms, such as headache, sudden fever, confusion, vomiting, and sensitivity to light. In extreme cases, complications can include brain damage, seizures, and death. Treatment will also vary, and can involve options like antiviral medications, anticonvulsants, corticosteroids, or sedatives.
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