Encephalitis is a serious condition meaning inflammation of the brain. The inflammation is either caused by an infection invading the brain (infectious encephalitis) or through the immune system attacking the brain in error (autoimmune encephalitis), writes Fergus Bescoby.
Encephalitis is a medical emergency usually needing treatment in a hospital intensive care unit. Who can get encephalitis? People of all ages can get encephalitis, however, the very young and the very old are most at risk. It is more likely to develop if the immune system is compromised in some way, for example, in HIV-positive patients or patients undergoing treatment for cancer who are taking long-term steroid treatment for example. There are up to 6000 new cases of encephalitis each...
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