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Supporting World Encephalitis Day

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Encephalitis is a rare brain disorder and to raise its awareness, the Encephalitis Society has inaugurated “World Encephalitis Day” to take place on 22 February 2014, the first day of its kind and for it to take place on the same date thereafter.

hlw KH LogoEncephalitis is acute inflammation (rapid or abrupt swelling up) of the brain caused either from a viral infection (primary encephalitis) or when the body’s own immune system mistakenly attacks brain tissue as a result of responding to a previous infection (secondary encephalitis).  Commonly, it is caused by a viral infection which develops due to a direct infection to the brain by a virus, bacterium or fungus and usually requires urgent care, in view of its disintegrating symptoms. 

The Encephalitis Society estimates that there are 5500 cases of encephalitis in the UK each year.

It can affect people of all ages, male or female; however the very young and the very elderly are more susceptible to it.

Encephalitis tends to begin with flu like symptoms, such as a high temperature, a headache, joint pain, or general weakness. More serious symptoms may then develop over the next few hours or days including very severe headaches, photophobia (excessive sensitivity to light), nausea, confusion, vomiting, memory loss, disorientation, hearing problems, speech problems, hallucinations, as well as seizures, loss of consciousness, and even a coma.

The brain starts to swell as a result of the body’s attempt to fight off the infection.

The Encephalitis Society’s CEO, Ava Easton has said “We are incredibly proud to be able to share this news with our supporters and the public. With new cases estimated at 5500 per year in England alone, it is vitally important that we enable as many people as possible to access our comprehensive information.  We will be holding a flagship event in Liverpool along with our partner organisations and we will continue to provide updates via the official website at www.worldencephalitisday.org.

We therefore welcome the news that this serious disorder which not only affects individuals but their families and friends will be devoted an entire day by the World.

At present the Encephalitis Society is the only resource of its kind in the world.  And by raising awareness through World Encephalitis Day, it is hoped it will bring to the fore, the devastating consequences of encephalitis.

As mentioned above, people suffering from encephalitis tend to display similar symptoms to those that suffer an acquired brain injury and therefore the nature of this hidden disability often means that people’s needs are not recognised or met. 
We would urge you to support World Encephalitis Day.

We at hlw Keeble Hawson Solicitors have experience of handling injuries sustained by clients that are already suffering from encephalitis and therefore are supportive to the cause of raising awareness of encephalitis.

We are experienced Brain Injury Solicitors, having dealt with many cases of serious brain injury. If you or a member of your family or friend has sustained brain injury or has sustained an injury with the added complication of suffering from encephalitis, and you wish to obtain further advice, please contact our specialist Brain Injury Solicitors, Mark Hollinghurst on 01302 380223 or Aisha Ahmed on 01302 308694.

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