There are several viruses that can cause a viral encephalitis in children.Probably the most well known of these viruses is the herpes virus. Encephalitis means an infection of the brain itself. Children are especially vulnerable to encephalitis although fortunately it is an uncommon infection. The incubation period is beteween 5 and 10 days.Headache is usually the first symptom, but drowsiness and vomiting are also common early symptoms.
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