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Glossary for Murray Valley encephalitis

  • Arbovirus: Any group of viruses transmitted to humans by mosquitoes and ticks
  • Brain conditions: Medical conditions that affect the brain
  • Brain infection: Infection of the brain including encephalitis
  • Conditions involving a pathogen: Medical conditions involving some type of pathogen, such as a virus or bacteria.
  • Eastern equine encephalitis: Is a mosquito born virus that occurs in the eastern united states and causes disease in humans, horses and some birds
  • Encephalitis: Dangerous infection of the brain
  • Head Conditions: Conditions that affect the head
  • Herpesvirus: A group of DNA viruses that occur in humans
  • Mosquito-borne diseases: Diseases that are carried by the mosquito
  • Nervous system conditions: Diseases affecting the nerves and the nervous system.
  • Rabies: An infectious disease that can affect any mammal including humans and is transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal. The infectious agent is the Neurotropic lyssavirus which affects the salivary gland and also causes neurological symptoms.
  • St. Louis encephalitis: Mosquito-borne type of brain infection (encephalitis)
  • Viral diseases: Any disease that is caused by a virus
  • Western equine encephalitis: An infectious disease caused by an arbovirus (Alphavirus - Togaviraidae) and transmitted by infected mosquitoes. The infection primarily attacks that central nervous system and severity can range from asymptomatic to severe complications and even death in rare cases.


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