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Hi Anonymous,

Encephalitis is not a genetic illness. It is a temporary or permanent inflammation of the brain which is usually caused by a viral infection. 

The most common viruses that cause encephalitis include:


Risk Factors

A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease or condition. Risk factors for encephalitis include:

  • Living, working, or playing in an area where mosquito-borne viruses are common
  • Not being immunized against diseases such as:
    • Measles
    • Mumps
    • Chickenpox
    • Polio
  • Having cancer
  • Taking immunosuppressive medications after organ transplant
  • Having AIDS


Newborns of mothers who have genital herpes simplex

I hope this answers your question,


February 18, 2012 - 7:38pm


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