Zika: the virus also damages the brain

The list of consequences continues to grow. After confirming the link with Guillain-Barre syndrome, microcephaly and acute myelitis, French doctors find that the virus can also cause inflammation of the brain and meninges in adults and even lead to coma.

the infection, which is mainly transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito and rarely sexually, continues to spread in Latin America. Symptoms, close to that of the flu can be mild in some people but have serious consequences for others.

Only one case

French doctors have observed that the virus can spread into the cerebrospinal fluid (between your brain and skull) and attack the human nervous system. Their findings were presented in the medical journal The New England Journal of Medicine .

In this case, doctors have noted the presence of Zika in the brain of a man 81 years suffering from meningoencephalitis, an inflammation of the brain and meninges. “This is the first case of this type described, to our knowledge,” said Dr. William Cartreaux, co-author of the study. The doctors could rule out other causes of infections

the man has recovered without treatment

According to AFP, the patient was admitted resuscitation early January to Henri Mondor hospital, Creteil, in Val de Marne. The man, who was returning from a cruise in the South Pacific, fell into a coma. When he woke up, he suffered from hallucinations and “disorders of body representation”. After a month of intensive care, the patient has regained its intellectual functions without following specific treatment.

The vaccine against the virus should not be available for three years. Meanwhile, WHO does not recommend pregnant women to travel to a risk area. Those who wish to go on holiday in South America or the Caribbean must take care to protect themselves with anti mosquito, to be applied to the body as on clothes.

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