How common is encephalitis?

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In the past, there have been epidemics of encephalitis, but now the disease occurs infrequently in the United States. Epidemics of encephalitis typically result from mosquito or tick bites and coincide with increases in infected insect populations. Mild cases of encephalitis are often undiagnosed, and therefore, unreported.

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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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