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Encephalitis International

What is encephalitis?

Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain. It is caused either by an infection invading the brain (infectious encephalitis) or through the immune system attacking the brain in error (post-infectious or autoimmune encephalitis).

World Encephalitis Day 2024

World Encephalitis Day is returning on Thursday, 22nd February. Find out more about our global awareness campaign and the different ways you can get involved.

500K

People are affected by encephalitis globally each year

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of people across the world do not know what encephalitis is

111M

People reached during our 2023 World Encephalitis Day campaign

Your Stories

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Gill's story

In June 2023, our mum began complaining of dizziness/light-headedness that would wash over her throughout the day. During these spells, Mum was unable to speak, and she described it as a scared feeling in the pit of her stomach.

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Lucy's story

Lucy, from London, began experiencing flu-like symptoms in the spring of 2006. Within weeks, she was hospitalised and had a number of seizures on the day she was admitted.

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Kevin's story

Kevin, from Canada, was working as a Proctor when he became ill with meningoencephalitis in 2019.

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One person is diagnosed with encephalitis every minute.

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The above number reflects how many people have been diagnosed so far this year.
Support us so they don’t have to face that diagnosis alone.

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Make a donation today

One person is diagnosed with encephalitis every minute, and life for them and their family will never be the same again. Make a donation today and help us build a world without death and disability from encephalitis.

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Upcoming Events

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My Brain & Medicine 2024 - online patient event

This online event is aimed at patients, family members, carers and anyone with a specific interest in encephalitis and its after effects.

22 April 2024
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Vaccine-preventable Encephalitis Webinar

This webinar is part of the Encephalitis International Vaccine Prevention Campaign which coincides with the World Immunization Week (24th – 30th April). The webinar aims to raise healthcare professional’s understanding of five key vaccine-preventable encephalitis types: Japanese Encephalitis (JE), Tick-borne Encephalitis (TBE), Influenza-associated Encephalitis, Varicella-zoster Virus (VZV) Encephalitis and Measles Encephalitis. Confirmed speakers Chair: Assoc […]

29 April 2024
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NeuroID course

Ever struggled with a patient with a brain infection? Then the NeuroID course is for you.

19 - 20 June 2024
Liverpool Medical Institution, Liverpool, UK
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