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Is herpes encephalitis contagious?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
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.
Dr. Harry Greenberg
Dermatology 27 years experience
Typically not: Herpes encephalitis is a rare condition- I do not know it to be contagious- it is very serious and needs to be treated aggressively.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Is encephalitis contagious?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Depends: Infectious encephalitis caused by borelia, viruses (yellow fever, hemorrhagic fever viruses), rickettsiae are contagious, but often require the presence of a vector, usually a mosquito or a tick that will transfer the pathogen from the infected person to the healthy one.
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Is herpes encephalitis a contagious diseases?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends on situation: The transmission of the herpes simplex virus is possible from active skin or mucous membrane sores if present. If none are present, the child is not considered contagious. A close examination of all skin surfaces should be done frequently in the early treatment phase as these can be elusive. Good hand washing & contact isolation will limit any spread from active lesions.

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