Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Brain Encephalitis Risk Factors

Risk factors for encephalitis include:

  • Newborns
  • Elderly
  • Any condition that weakens the immune system
  • Diabetes
  • Organ transplant
    • Those who are taking medications to prevent organ rejection
  • Chemotherapy:
    • The administration of medicines that kill cancer cells.
  • AIDS
  • Exposure to mosquitoes that carry the viruses
  • Travel to areas where encephalitis is common

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Last Updated: Dec 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Brain Encephalitis References
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