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How can herpes simplex type 1 virus cause encephalitis?

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Herpes simplex type 1 virus is one of the more common and serious causes of viral encephalitis. It happens when this virus travels to your brain rather than moving through your body to the surface of your skin and causing its more common symptom, a cold sore. But you're not more likely to get encephalitis if you have cold sores.

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Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on March 26, 2019

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Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on March 26, 2019

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