Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Because the onset of serious illness associated with encephalitis is usually severe and relatively sudden, seek emergency care. The emergency care team will likely include a specialist in disorders of the nervous system (neurologist).

Questions from your doctor

You may need to answer some of the following questions or answer questions on behalf of your child or another person with severe illness:

  • When did the symptoms begin?
  • Have you taken any medications to treat the fever or headache?
  • Have you recently started taking any new medications? If so, what is the drug?
  • Have you been bitten by a mosquito or tick during the past few weeks?
  • Have you likely been exposed to mosquitoes or ticks? What precautions have you used against insect bites?
  • Have you traveled recently? Where?
  • Did you receive recommended vaccinations before your trip?
  • Have you recently had a cold, flu or other illness?
  • What standard childhood vaccinations have not been administered?
  • Have you recently received a vaccination?
  • What animals have you been exposed to recently? Were you bitten?
  • Have you been exposed to any known toxins?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with genital herpes?
  • Have you recently had a new sexual partner?
  • Have you had unprotected sex with a new or long-term sexual partner?
  • Do you have a condition or take any drugs that result in a weakened immune system?
May. 05, 2011