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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Encephalitis


These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

Herpetic Encephalitis [posted 7/22/98]
Question: I have been diagnosed with herpetic encephalitis. I have headaches all of the time. My doctor has put me on neurontin starting with 1hs to 12hs. I noticed this morning that my vision is fuzzy, my headache is worse and I seem to be very agitated. Could you tell me what would counteract this or if maybe I am having side effects of this medication? I am also on a long list of other medications because I have disseminating herpes whitlow.

Answer: Herpetic encephalitis is nearly uniformly fatal, so I doubt that this is the diagnosis. As to the headache and fuzzy feeling, it's hard to tell unless I have more information on the list of drugs.

Transmission
Question: There is the encephalitis (s/p?) scare going on here in central Fl., and we are to watch going outside at night, etc...chickens have been infected with this disease, so my question is whether it is safe to eat the eggs from a chicken that may have been infected.

Answer: This virus is transmitted only by the mosquito bite.

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