Mosquito-Borne Viral Encephalitis
Pronunciation: En-sef-uh-LITE-isEn Español (Spanish Version)
Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain. Certain mosquito-borne viruses can lead to encephalitis. Examples of these viruses include:
- West Nile encephalitis
- Eastern equine encephalitis
- Western equine encephalitis
- St. Louis encephalitis
- La Crosse encephalitis
- Japanese encephalitis
- Venezuelan equine encephalitis
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The most common cause is being bitten by an infected mosquito. There are other, rarer causes, such having a blood transfusion with infected blood.
Last reviewedNovember 2014by David L Horn, MD, FACP
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