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Can both viruses and bacteria cause encephalitis?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. William Goldie
Dr. William Goldie
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Dr. Michael Silverman
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Sure

Yes both viruses (herpes and west nile) and bacteria ( bacterial sepsis with microabscess) but clearly more associated with viral causes.

In brief: Sure

Yes both viruses (herpes and west nile) and bacteria ( bacterial sepsis with microabscess) but clearly more associated with viral causes.
Dr. Michael Silverman
Dr. Michael Silverman
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Dr. Eric Weisman
Lyme's, TB and Syphilis top the list for bacterial causes of encephalitis world wide.
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