What is encephalitis?

Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain caused by an infection or through the immune system attacking the brain in error.

Watch: Stolen Lives

A short video about the impact that encephalitis has on individuals and their family members

Information for teachers


Author: Alina Ellerington

Encephalitis in children - A guide

The Encephalitis in children. A guide follows the child and their family's journey from hospital ward to rehabilitation settings, school and home, hoping to direct them through the maze of health care, education and social care.


Author: Alina Ellerington

A Guide for General Practitioners

This Guide aims to support GPs by providing evidence-based and up-to-date information to help with recognising and managing the acute symptoms and after-effects of encephalitis and acquired brain injury.


Author: Alina Ellerington

  • 500k

    People are affected by encephalitis globally each year

  • 80%

    of people across the world do not know what encephalitis is

  • 40m

    People reached during our 2017 World Encephalitis Day campaign

Our blog

  • Winter newsletter 2017

    Our winter newsletter features the latest news from the Encephalitis Society, including exclusive details about World Encephalitis Day 2018 Read more

  • Award winners get their trophies

    Winners of our Accumulator Challenge Awards were presented with their trophies by Ambassador Rebecca Adlington Read more

  • House of Commons visit

    We visited the House of Commons to launch BrainWalk for World Encephalitis Day 2018 Read more

Fundraising events

  • Great South Run 2018

    We have FREE places for runners interested in taking on the 10 mile Great South Run on October 21, 2018 Read more

  • Stirling Scottish Marathon 2018

    We have FIVE places up for grabs in the Stirling Scottish Marathon on April 29, 2018 Read more