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World Encephalitis Day 2022

Today is World Encephalitis Day – the global awareness day for people who have been directly or indirectly affected by encephalitis. Founded by The Encephalitis Society in 2014, it has reached over 236 million people through media features, events and social media.

Take a look at World Encephalitis Day through the years.

What is Encephalitis?

Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain and is caused by an infection, or by the immune system attacking the brain. Anyone can be affected by encephalitis, regardless of age, gender, and ethnicity. It has a high death rate, and survivors are often left with brain injuries with life-changing consequences.

View more encephalitis facts and figures.

How Can You Get Involved?

There are three main ways to get involved this World Encephalitis Day:

  • Go #Red4WEDWear something read and share photographs on social media.
  • BrainWalkJoin the BrainWalk fundraising challenge and walk, jog, or run as many steps as you can during February.
  • Membership Marathon – Join the 2022 Membership Marathon and enlist two new members.

Visit The Encephalitis Society’s website for more information on encephalitis and World Encephalitis Day 2022.