Flu is sometimes misdiagnosed as Encephalitis

It has been reported that some patients have been misdiagnosed with Encephalitis, when in fact the correct diagnosis in their specific case was Flu.

Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses from the influenza family. Infections peak each year in winter and is preventable with a vaccine each year. Symptoms generally include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, stuffy nose, muscle aches, joint pain, headaches, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. It can be commonly misdiagnosed as the common cold which is caused by a milder virus or covid-19, lyme disease, adenovirus, and pneumonia.

Always consult your doctor or health professional, and do not self diagnose.

Symptoms can include:

Body aches, weakness or severe fatigue, dry cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose, headache, chills

Symptoms are a guideline only and may apply to either the diagnosis or the reported misdiagnosis, or both. Consult your specialist for further information.

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