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Japan Encephalitis Virus Vacc Medication
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Yes: Encephalitis just means an infection of the brain. Meningitis is an infection of the outer coating that protects the brain. Meningo-encephalitis is the combination of the two. Bacteria usually go first to the meninges but can then progress into the brain. Viruses usually go first to the brain but may set up a inflammation of the meninges as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the brain damages occured by japaneese encephalitis virus? What brain structures get affected from it?
All parts: Any portion of the brain and spinal cord may be involved, usually the entire brain is involved (pan-encephalitis). Often the white matter tracts are initially affected leading to severe stiffness. Any part of the brain may get destroyed by the inflammation which results from the initial virus infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Travellers to Asia: Certain travellers to asia should get the vaccine and some lab workers who may have increased risk of exposure to the virus. If you are planning travel to asia then check out the cdc website for travel related info and meet with your md or a travel clinic for further information ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hard to say: Some studies have quoted mortality from neuroinvasive cases of wnv ~5%, but this must be a huge overestimate. Maybe 3 in 1000 of all cases are severe (or neuroinvasive), so you might guess less than 1 in 5000 cases die. Most of the deaths appear to come in the elderly, chronically ill or immunosuppressed. Treatment is mainly supportive (including intubation & ventilation in severe cases). ...Read more
Not common: Most cases of encephalitis are mild with full recovery. However, in some cases there are permanent neurological consequences which may include personality changes, language difficulties, seizures, memory loss, and partial paralysis. I would be pleased to consult with you further on HealthTap. ...Read more
Does encephalitis just happen at any time? The virus you had in the past is dormant in your system then transfers and infects the brain of some people? Or does it more commonly happen in the new infections of the virus' ?
Confusing question: The wording of your question is hard to follow. That said, there are some basics I can state. Most encephalitis viruses burn out and are essentially eliminated by the immune system.There transfer process is type specific, some in saliva during the illness, some by mosquitoes, once healed, you do not pass the virus to others. ...Read more
Can the Mono virus trigger encephalitis, I had mono last year and it destroyed me. Never felt the same now have diplopia/confusion, and MRI was clear ?
Yes, but rarely: Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), the cause of infectious monoucleosis, can cause encephalitis, but usually during or shortly after mono itself. In addition, EBV, as well as several other viruses, rarely can trigger postinfectious encephalitis, an autoimmune disorder. Having had MRI, you may be in the care of a neurologist, infectious diseases specialist, or both. If not, ask for referral to same. ...Read more
I am 67, had chicken pox at 7 which led to encephalitis. Is it safe for me to get shingles vaccination since it uses live virus?
Yes: The etiology (cause) of encephalitis will be paramount in the decision of what treatment to institute. If it is caused by infection, antibiotics will be administered. Autoimmune diseases will be treated accordingly (steroids for example). If it doesn't have an identifiable cause, then supportive treatment may be all that is done until one is identified. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sedation and seizure: Phenobarb was used as a way to comtrol seizure and sedate . Peaple with encephalitis many time are very agitated and may risk seizures there is not much use today but it was used in the past successfully. Our area dosen't see this use anymorelike we used to. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Treat encephalitis: Treatment of encephalitis depends upon the cause and clinical progression. Usually, the treatment is supportive, as many cases are viral and there is not a specific cure. However, in hsv encephalitis, Acyclovir is used to treat the virus. In certain cases, hospitalization, nutritional support, fever control, antiseizure medication, mechanical ventilation, and corticosteroids may be needed. ...Read more
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