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Is herpes encephalitis contagious?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Not really: Herpes virus types 1 and 2 are contagious, mainly by direct contact with an infected person's sores. A never-infected person, without protective antibodies, could catch herpes from a patient with herpes encephalitis, but he would likely just get a typical herpes infection and future recurrences of sores. It is very unlikely that he would get herpes encephalitis, because encephalitis is quite rare.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
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