I am a 41 year old female who spent two weeks in the Ivory Coast of W. Africa
in 1996. Upon returning I had stroke-like symptoms (slowed speech, slowed gate, slowed thinking) and was subsequently diagnosed with viral meningitis/encephalitis. Ruled out Lymes, malaria (via smear), CSF was elevated WBC, Lymphocytes. Symptoms resolved within eight days with the exception of bilat leg weakness, such as the inability to lift my legs into the car, and severe fatigue.