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Can bacterial infection cause encephalitis?
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: Yes but likely viral
Encephalitis, inflammation of the brain, can be caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites, unknown causes, etc.
.. Patients with identifiable causes usually have viral infections. Herpes types 1 & 2, epstein barr virus, varicella (chicken pox, shingles) virus, polio virus, coxsackie (hand-foot-mouth) virus, or mosquito-borne viruses can cause encephalitis.

In brief: Yes but likely viral
Encephalitis, inflammation of the brain, can be caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites, unknown causes, etc.
.. Patients with identifiable causes usually have viral infections. Herpes types 1 & 2, epstein barr virus, varicella (chicken pox, shingles) virus, polio virus, coxsackie (hand-foot-mouth) virus, or mosquito-borne viruses can cause encephalitis.
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Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery
In brief: Yes
Bacterial infections of the brain can cause encephalitis (there are several non-bacterial causes of encephalitis as well).
A serious problem, may lead to death even with treatment. Patients with bacterial encephalitis will need to be hospitalized, intravenous antibiotics will be given, neurosurgeon possibly needed to drain infection.

In brief: Yes
Bacterial infections of the brain can cause encephalitis (there are several non-bacterial causes of encephalitis as well).
A serious problem, may lead to death even with treatment. Patients with bacterial encephalitis will need to be hospitalized, intravenous antibiotics will be given, neurosurgeon possibly needed to drain infection.
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