Is herpes encephalitis contagious?

Typically not

Encephalitis
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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Contagious Encephalitis Herpes Inflammation of the brain

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Not really

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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.
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