Can encephalitis be prevented?

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Because mosquitoes and ticks may spread viruses that lead to encephalitis, limiting exposure to these insects will help prevent the disease. Wear long sleeves and use insect repellent to ward off mosquito and tick bites in infested areas.

Getting vaccinated against measles, mumps, and rubella may also help prevent encephalitis, since these viruses can trigger the disease.

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Viral Infections

Viral Infections

Viral infections like herpes simplex, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), chicken pox and rotavirus are infections caused by a virus instead of a bacterium. Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics, but some specific viruses ...

like influenza A and B can be treated with certain antiviral medications. Most commonly, treatment for viral infections includes drinking lots of fluids, getting rest, eating well and letting the illness run its course.
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