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Encephalitis Fast Facts
Up to 60% of all cases of encephalitis go undiagnosed. The CDC documents several thousand cases of encephalitis in the United States each year but estimates that many more cases go unreported because symptoms are mild or non-existent.
About 175 cases of herpes simplex encephalitis (HSE) occur each year in the United States, accounting for about 10% of all encephalitis cases. When left untreated, the fatality rate of HSE is more than 50%. HSE is most common in adults between the ages of 20 and 40.
Eastern equine encephalitis usually affects fewer than 10 people in the United States each year, but the fatality rate for the disease can be as high as 30%.
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The most common cause of encephalitis is an infection by one of several types of viruses, some of which are spread by the bite of infected insects or ticks.
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Encephalitis Caregiver Tips
After surviving a severe case of encephalitis, patients are very often forced to deal with complications that may last the rest of their lives. Although the disease is gone, its lingering effects can make everyday difficult, and caregivers can help sufferers to return to their normal daily routines as much as possible.
- Learn as much as you can about the disease and its long-term effects. The sufferer may need help with ongoing therapies, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, or psychotherapy.