What is encephalitis?

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

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Encephalitis:after-effects, recovery and rehabilitation

This booklet provides key information about the type of issues that people may have after encephalitis, why rehabilitation/support from professionals and families are important and what options for self-help are available.


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

Encephalitis: 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

  • 40.5m

    People reached during our 2018 World Encephalitis Day campaign

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    Hello, my name is Madiah and I am a 21-year-old survivor of Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis. I hope you find my blog, Conquering Encephalitis, to be helpful to anyone who is also recovering from encephalitis Read more

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