Encephalitis: Meaning, Diagnosis and Overview

What is Encephalitis?

Encephalitis is the inflammation of the brain.

Recovery Time

Recovery takes from weeks to months with proper treatment.


  • MRI and CT scan
  • Blood and urine tests
  • Lumbar puncture
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)
  • Brain biopsy

FAQs prepared by doctor

Q1.  What is the most common encephalitis in India?
It is the Japanese encephalitis.

Q2.  Can a person contract JE through eating pork? 
No. Once the pig is slaughtered the JE virus will not survive in the pork. The JE Virus can only survive in living cells. On top of that, any virus will be killed by cooking, roasting or boiling the meat at a temperature of more than 60 degrees Celsius. Our digestive enzymes and acid in the stomach can also kill the virus.

Q3.  Is vaccination available?
Yes. Recently introduced by govt of India on October 2013. The vaccine has been jointly developed by scientists at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), National Institute of Virology (NIV) and Bharat Biotech International Lt named as JENVAC proposed to be provided under national immunization schedule free of cost. The vaccine has passed the drug trials and soon to be marketed.

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