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Inflammation of the brain, usually caused by a virus and is commonly transferred by the mosquito. Encephalitis may be very mild and barely noticeable, but is usually serious and can progress from headache and fever to hallucinations, paralysis, and sometimes coma.

En*ceph`a*li"tis (?), n. [NL., from Gr. the brain + -itis.] Med.

Inflammation of the brain.

-- En`ceph*a*lit"ic (#), a.

 

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