There are two main branches of Encephalitis. The first and more common is viral encephalitis, and the second is autoimmune encephalitis.
Viral encephalitis can develop during an infection in a person’s body, shortly after the infection, or it can even silently lay dormant in the body and all of a sudden awaken and cause complete havoc on one’s brain tissue. A vast majority of viral infections such as, the common flu, measles, mumps, herpes simples, rabies, chicken pox, and west Nile can be a host for viral encephalitis. Herpes simplex and viruses carried by animals such as rabies and West Nile are the most common of the viral encephalitis cases. Each person infected with encephalitis can be subject to a huge range of severity, with the most severe cases ending unfortunately in death. Viral encephalitis can present in any person, at any age children and elderly seem to be more susceptible to it however. Diagnosis of viral encephalitis includes a range of questioning and test. Blood test would be performed to find antibodies, cerebrospinal fluid analysis (spinal tap) would be tested to once again try to