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Viral encephalitis
Classification and external resources
ICD-9 062-064
MeSH D018792

Viral encephalitis refers to a type of Encephalitis caused by a virus. [1]

Encephalitis may be caused by a variety of afflictions.

Types include:

Herpes simplex encephalitis

Herpes simplex encephalitis is caused by the herpes simplex virus that manifests in oral cold sores or genital sores. When this triggers brain inflammation, which occurs in 10% of cases of encephalitis (2 cases per million people), half of all untreated patients die (1 case per million people). Brain damage, partial paralysis, seizures, hallucinations and an altered state of consciousness are all common symptoms. HSE can be passed from mother to child during birth in rare cases, where symptoms include lethargy, tremors, irritability, seizures and poor feeding in the first two weeks after birth.




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