What are the treatment options?
The goals of treatment are to provide supportive care and relieve symptoms. Antibiotics and/or antiviral medications are the standard treatment along with other medications needed to relieve symptoms. Treatment with antibiotics for several weeks usually cures the infection and prevents complications. It's important to take the full course of medications; for treatment to be most successful, do not discontinue taking these medication prematurely.

If the disease has progressed to a later stage, hospitalization may be necessary in some cases. Rest, nutrition, and plenty of fluids allows the body to fight the infection. Emotional support may also be helpful. If brain function is severely affected, physical therapy and speech therapy may be necessary after the acute illness is controlled.

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1. What Is St. Louis encephalitis (SLE)?
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3. What are the signs and symptoms of SLE?
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6. What is the screening / diagnosis process?
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