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Encephalitis

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Introduction
Encephalitis is an uncommon but serious condition where the brain tissue becomes inflamed.
Symptoms of encephalitis
The symptoms of encephalitis are initially mild, but they can quickly become more serious.
Causes of encephalitis
Encephalitis is usually the result of an infection. In many cases this is caused by a virus, but often no cause is found.
Diagnosing encephalitis
Tests are needed to differentiate encephalitis from other brain conditions so that treatment can be started as soon as possible.
Treating encephalitis
Most cases of encephalitis are treated with anti-viral medicine, although this will depend on which form of the condition you have.
Complications of encephalitis
Although some people will make a good recovery after having encephalitis, the condition can be fatal or cause significant complications.
Preventing encephalitis
Find out how to reduce the risk of developing Encephalitis. The most effective way to protect your child is to make sure that they are given the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.