World Encephalitis Day 2014

On World Encephalitis Day 2014 on 22 February, people the world over help raise awareness of encephalitis with simple coffee mornings or larger events, to highlight the devastating impact of encephalitis.

What is Encephalitis?

Encephalitis is brain inflammation caused either by an infection or the immune system attacking the brain.  The condition affects adults and children alike.  Death rates are high and many survivors are left with acquired brain injury, also known as ABI, often with cognitive, physical, emotional and behavioural consequences.

What are the symptoms?

The types of symptoms vary widely as they depend on which areas of the brain are affected by inflammation.  This makes diagnosis difficult.

However encephalitis often begins with flu-like symptoms or headache and more serious symptoms usually follow hours or days later, including altered consciousness ranging from mild confusion to coma.

Other symptoms include:

  • high temperature
  • seizures
  • aversion to bright lights
  • inability to speak or control movement
  • sensory changes
  • neck stiffness
  • uncharacteristic behaviour
  • hallucinations and vivid nightmares

Head Injury UK: Brain Injury Claim Experts

Head Injury UK’s specialist brain injury solicitors support the aim of World Encephalitis Day to raise awareness of this tragic brain injury.  If you or a loved one has suffered encephalitis and are concerned that it was perhaps not diagnosed or treated promptly, please contact Liz Hickman or call us on 0800 073 0988 to see how we can help you.



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