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Is herpes encephalitis a contagious diseases?

Is herpes encephalitis a contagious  diseases?

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. ...Read more

Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more


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Is herpes encephalitis contagious?

Is herpes encephalitis contagious?

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. ...Read more

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Is herpes simplex related to erythema multiforme?

Is herpes simplex related to erythema multiforme?

Yes, sometimes: Erythema multiforme minor is an allergic reaction that looks like a bad case of hives but the bumps don't go away for days. Em minor is not serious. It is usually due to medicine allergies, such as penicillins or sulfa drugs. It can also be due to a reaction to an infection such as herpes simplex. However, em major (stevens johnson rash) is serious and usually due to drug allergies, not infection. ...Read more

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Can west nile virus cause encephalitis?

Can west nile virus cause encephalitis?

Yes: West nile virus is caused by an infection transmitted via a mosquito bite. Many people may be exposed to the virus but never develop symptoms. When symptoms do develop, it is typically fever and headache although more severe symptoms may occur. The cdc has info on west nile activity nationwide: http://www.Cdc.Gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.Htm. ...Read more

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Have wrong info. Herpes 1 IgG positive. Herpes II IgG indeterminate. How is herpes 1 transmitted via flu or cold sores stress?

Have wrong info.  Herpes 1 IgG positive. Herpes II IgG indeterminate.  How is herpes 1 transmitted via flu or cold sores stress?

Herpes simplex: Herpes simplex is transmitted by direct contact with a lesion or the body fluid of an infected individual.Transmission may also occur through skin-to-skin or mucous membrane contact during periods of asymptomatic shedding. Barrier protection methods are the most reliable method of preventing transmission of herpes, but they merely reduce rather than eliminate risk. ...Read more

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Is herpes meningitis contagious?

Is herpes meningitis contagious?

Yes: Patients with herpes meningitis should be under contact precautions, as it can be spread like the flu. ...Read more

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What is herpes simplex type 1, IgG antibody? Genital or oral?

What is herpes simplex type 1, IgG antibody?  Genital or oral?

Usually oral: Herpes infections are described as type i (oral /cold sores)or type ii(genital). However, either type can cause affect either location. Igg antibody detected by a blood test. & indicates one has been exposed to the virus at least several weeks prior &possibly much longer- as in years. Most people who have HSV antibody have no idea that they have herpes. ...Read more

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Is herpes simplex infection deadly to baby?

Is herpes simplex infection deadly to baby?

Neonatal Herpes: About 10% of infants born to mothers with active HSV will develop nnh with blood invasion by the virus, enlargement of internal organs, encephalitis & death or permanent disability. Recognition of the problem & planned delivery before the rupture of fetal membranes has a protective effect & bypasses the primary exposure. Even women without active lesions have had infants develop nnh. ...Read more

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What is powassan encephalitis?

What is powassan encephalitis?

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. ...Read more

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What does this mean? Hsv 1 Igg, Type Spec: <0.91 INDEX Herpes Simplex Virus I/ii Igm Hsv, Igm I/ii Comb

What does this mean?                                         Hsv 1 Igg, Type Spec: <0.91 INDEX        Herpes Simplex Virus I/ii Igm Hsv, Igm I/ii Comb

Incomplete: You have not shared with us most of the valid information on your report. But, so far, as I am sure you are capable of reading, the IgG or 'past exposure' test for HSV 1 is negative. ...Read more

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How typical is simplex one genital herpes?

How typical is simplex one genital herpes?

HSV 1: Herpes simplex virus - 1 infections are less prevalent in the genital region than hsv-2, however this gap is slowly decreasing. In some studies, populations have seen hsv -1 surpass hsv - 2 as the predominant cause of genital herpes. ...Read more

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Is genital herpes a contagious disease?

Is genital herpes a contagious disease?

Only by sex: This depends on what you mean by "contagious". Genital herpes is ttransmitted to other persons)only by having sex. Some people think "contagious" means easily transmitted by casual contact, like colds or influenza -- but that's not the correct meaning. There is no risk to other persons by nonsexual contact or by sharing bathrooms, intimate clothing, etc. ...Read more

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What type of herpes simplex virus causes genetically herpes?

What type of herpes simplex virus causes genetically herpes?

Type 2: If you are speaking of 'genital' herpes, it is typically type 2, although the possibility of type 1 causing genital lesions is well documented. ...Read more

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Could herpes simplex one become genital herpes?

Could herpes simplex one become genital herpes?

Two Herpes: I think you may be confusing the terms and the infections. Herpes type one, infecting 75% of americans, is usually found near or on the mouth. But, it can infect any skin that it comes in contact with, including the genitals if one is not previously infected. Herpes type two, predominantly found on or near the genitals, and infecting 25% of americans can infect any skin it comes in contact with. ...Read more

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Is encephalitis contagious?

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. ...Read more

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Can adults with genital herpes develop encephalitis?

Can adults with genital herpes develop encephalitis?

Unlikely: There is a definite association between herpes simplex type 2 and recurrent (mollaret's) meningitis, but encephalitis would be very unusual in an immune competent host. On the other hand, genital herpes can be due to type 1, and that can certainly, but uncommonly, produce meningitis, encephalitis or meningoencephalitis unpredictably. ...Read more

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How can one reduce the antibody counts for herpes simplex virus, rubella, cytomegalo virus?

How can one reduce the antibody counts for herpes simplex virus, rubella, cytomegalo virus?

No reason to: They are your immunity. CMV and rubella antibodies protect your unborn child. I'm sorry someone confused you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what herpes encephalitis is?

Could you tell me what herpes encephalitis is?

Herpes encephalitis: Is one of the most fearful viral encephalomeningitis in adults, and is caused by a herpes virus. ...Read more

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Is herpes encephalitis contagious?

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. ...Read more

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Is herpes encephalitis a contagious diseases?

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. ...Read more

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What kind of precautions for herpes encephalitis?

What kind of precautions for herpes encephalitis?

Keep risk low: Once a person has herpes labialis they are susceptible to herpes encephalitis should their immune system fail. Hiv infection compromises the immune system. Most people will not get this devastating condition. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of herpes encephalitis?

Herpes encephalitis.: Is certainly one of the most common and most treatable causes of viral encephalitis in the usa. It presents with fever, headache, nausea, confusion leading to coma. Early consideration based on. Clinical grounds, brain imaging and spinal fluid exam with prompt empiric treatment with Acyclovir can dramatically decrease the death rate and residual symptoms. ...Read more

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What precautions are required for health care workers when treating patients with herpes encephalitis?

Contact precautions: Use contact precautions, as herpes simplex is contagious mainly by 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 encephalitis, because encephalitis is quite rare. ...Read more

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Could my baby(6 months old)get infected of herpes encephalitis from her cousin( 4 months old) only to with her?

Could my baby(6 months old)get infected  of herpes encephalitis from her cousin( 4 months old)  only to with her?

Transmitted at birth: It is most likely the 4m cousin acquired the germ from her mother during direct contact during labor or delivery. The germ transfers to baby & sets up in the system, gaining access to the blood & then moving to the brain. It is unlikely that your child could get the illness in any form during a simple visit to the other child's home. It is not passed in the air. ...Read more

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I have a lot of fever blisters in my nose and a headache from them. I'm scared of developing herpes encephalitis. Is it rare?

Yes, but have you: had a doctor determine that it is Herpes Simplex 1 ? If not, do so & discuss taking Valtrex (valacyclovir) to lessen symptoms of intranasal herpes. The incidence of Herpes Simplex 1 Encephalitis in adults in the U.S. is 2/million. ...Read more

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Can people infected with herpes die of encephalitis?

No: Most people with herpes do not develop encephalitis - it can occur but is rare. ...Read more

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Are antiviral medications successful in fighting herpes induced encephalitis?

Are antiviral medications successful in fighting herpes induced encephalitis?

Hopefully yes: Critical is an early diagnosis and immediate use of such drugs. Outcomes these days are far better with modern treatment, but as noted, time is of the essence. ...Read more

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Can encephalitis be transmitted by a mosquito who has bitten someone with herpes?

Can encephalitis be transmitted by a mosquito who has bitten someone with herpes?

No: Herpes is transmitted by direct contact, usually with an infected person's open sores. Herpes is not transmitted by mosquitoes. Herpes encephalitis is quite rare. Hypothetically, if a mosquito bit a critically ill person with disseminated (total body) herpes, and then immediately bite a never-infected person (has no antibodies), he might get herpes at the bite site, but encephalitis would be rare. ...Read more

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How often do babies infected with herpes died of encephalitis?

How often do babies infected with herpes died of encephalitis?

85% if untreated: According to recent cdc citations, 85% of neonatal herpes cases die if untreated. Survival with treatment is possible but the incidence of permanent long term disability is high. Encephalitis is one of the many problems involved with nnh. ...Read more

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What kind of an infection is herpes simplex encephalitis?

What kind of an infection is herpes simplex encephalitis?

Serious: Life threatening infection often focalized over the limbic and temporal cortices, associated often with coma and seizures, with risk of fatality if not treated aggressively. ...Read more

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Can adults with genital herpes develop encephalitis?

Unlikely: There is a definite association between herpes simplex type 2 and recurrent (mollaret's) meningitis, but encephalitis would be very unusual in an immune competent host. On the other hand, genital herpes can be due to type 1, and that can certainly, but uncommonly, produce meningitis, encephalitis or meningoencephalitis unpredictably. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about victims of hse (herpes simplex encephalitis)?

Can you tell me about victims of hse (herpes simplex encephalitis)?

Symptoms: Symptoms of herpes simplex encephalitis include: fever, headache, confusion, trouble speaking or swallowing, problems with gait, weakness to one side of the body or both, and possible seizures. It is a very serious condition and can be deadly. ...Read more

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My mother had herpes simplex encephalitis and 21 days zovirax (acyclovir) antiviral is given. PCR result came negative for herpes, fever is continuous coming ?

PCR for Herpes?: A negative PCR for herpes would be unusual in a person who is suffering from Herpes Simplex encephalitis that was clinically evident by MRI scan and other measures. Did she get an EEG and if so what did it show? Needs to be worked up for the fever. Perhaps herpes Symplex encephalitis is not the correct diagnosis? Wanna talk 1-1?www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi. Key Code: PDXFNR. ...Read more

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How often people infected with hsv-2 develops herpetic encephalitis?

Uncommon: Encephalistis from hsv is uncommon but can be lethal. Hsv-1 actually has a predilection for central nervous system cells and can infect the temporal lobe of our brain. Most patients have a very acute course of personality change. Prompt lumbar puncture is often confirmatory and prolonged/timely IV antibiotics are essential treatments. ...Read more

Dr. Amandeep Kaur
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Encephalitis (Definition)

The encephalon is considered to be the gray matter of the brain. This is where all the neuron cells are located. If an infection sets in to this region it is called an encephalitis. The -itis ending just means inflammation. It is usually virus infections that like to go specifically to the ...Read more


Dr. Michael Gabor
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Brain Infection (Definition)

Any infection of the brain. Usually called encephalitis, though ...Read more