Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Encephalitis Transmission

Facts about encephalitis:

  • The most common method of spread of viral encephalitis is from an infected mosquito bite.
  • Mosquitoes become infected with encephalitis viruses after biting an infected animal.
  • Some forms of encephalitis can be transmitted from person to person by close personal contact.
  • Some forms of encephalitis can be transmitted through contaminated food or water.

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Last Updated: Mar 16, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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