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what are common drugs currently used to treat encephalitis?

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Dr. Jason Adler
Pediatric Critical Care 24 years experience
Treat encephalitis: Treatment of encephalitis depends upon the cause and clinical progression. For many cases, there is no definite cure. In certain cases, antiviral/antimicrobial medication or steroid medication may be used.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Common ??: Most encephalitis is triggered by a variety of viruses that have no cure. Supportive meds/fluids can make the patient comfortable with the hope that the immune system will beat it. When the germ is a herpes virus they do have an antiviral that helps but once established is difficult to reverse damage already underway.

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What is powassan encephalitis?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Tick-borne virus: Powassan encephalitis is a type of tick-borne encephalitis (inflammation in the brain) in which the virus is transmitted by tick bites. Powassan encephalitis occurs in canada and the United States.
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Who gets powassan encephalitis?

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Dr. Lea Danielsen
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Tick borne virus: It is encephalitis caused usually by a virus which is transmitted by a tick. Encephalitis is an acute inflammation of the brain. Powassan says that there is a particular cause for this inflammation of the brain.
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You were diagnosed with california encephalitis what does that mean?

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Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 years experience
Infection: California encephalitis refers to inflammation of the brain (known as encephalitis) caused by an infection with a specific virus. The disease can be relatively benign, causing headaches and lethargy, or extremely serious with complication like paralysis and death.
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What insect may carry and transmit encephalitis?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Mosquitoes, ticks: Insects such as mosquitoes and ticks can transmit viruses that cause encephalitis. A vaccine against japanese encephalitis (transmitted by mosquitoes) is available in the U.S. For travelers to high-risk countries. A tbe (tick-borne encephalitis) vaccine is available in canada and some european countries, but not yet in the U.S..
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What causes spongioform encephalitis?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Prions: Spongiform encephalitis is the name for creutzfeldt–jakob disease, and mad cow disease. These are caused by misfolded proteins, prions, that act as infectious agents.

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