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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Clair's Story

WATCH - When Clair woke up in hospital after falling ill with encephalitis, she had no idea that the people by her bedside were her parents. Her dad, Mark, tells her story.

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Encephalitis Stories

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  • 500k

    People are affected by encephalitis globally each year

  • 78%

    of people across the world do not know what encephalitis is

  • 53m

    People reached during our 2021 World Encephalitis Day campaign



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