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What are encephalitis symptoms and signs?

The signs and symptoms of encephalitis can range from very mild flu-like symptoms to potentially life-threatening events. Signs and symptoms of encephalitis include

  • sudden fever,
  • headache,
  • vomiting,
  • visual sensitivity to light,
  • stiff neck and back,
  • confusion,
  • drowsiness,
  • unsteady gait, 
  • irritability,
  • loss of consciousness,
  • poor responsiveness,
  • seizures,
  • muscle weakness,
  • sudden severe dementia, and
  • memory loss.

Anyone experiencing symptoms of encephalitis should see a doctor immediately.

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Comment from: lt1945, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 14

With encephalitis my equilibrium was off for about a week. Next my speech became mumbled and word-finding was terrible. I was taken to the emergency room and the doctor thought I had a massive stroke. I was briefly paralyzed on the right side, I had high fever and confusion.

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