A team of French researchers warns that the Zika virus, which is linked to brain damage in new-born babies, may also cause a serious brain infection in adults.
In an article published in ‘New England Journal of Medicine’, the scientists said they found Zika infection in the spinal fluid of an 81-year-old man in January. The patient also suffered from an inflammation of the brain which caused high fever and partial paralysis. The researchers say there is feared to be a link between the Zika infection and brain damage in the victim.
Zika infection in adults often causes mild symptoms, with a low fever, headaches and joint pain.
Yahoo News reports:
The Zika virus was found in the spinal fluid of an 81-year-old man who was admitted in January to a hospital near Paris shortly after returning from a month-long cruise.
The man — semi-comatose, with a high fever and partial paralysis — was diagnosed with meningoencephalitis, an inflammation of the brain and its membrane, the team wrote in New England Journal of Medicine.
“It is the first case of its kind to be reported, to our knowledge,” Guillaume Carteaux, co-author of the paper and specialist at the hospital which treated him, told AFP.
The Daily Mail also said:
Just one day before the report was published, another team of French researchers linked Zika to myelitis, an inflammation of the spinal cord.
Myelitis affects limb movement and causes paralysis by blocking communication between the spinal cord and body.
A 15-year-old girl had been diagnosed with acute myelitis in January on the French Caribbean island of Guadaloupe.
She was found to have high levels of Zika in her cerebrospinal fluid, urine and blood.
There is currently no treatment or vaccine for the Zika virus.
Zika typically only causes mild symptoms in adults – such as low fever, headaches and joint pain.
But the quick spread of the virus has raised global health alarms because of an obseved association with microcephaly and Guillain-Barre, a rare condition in which the body’s immune system attacks the part of the nervous system that controls muscle strength.
Brazil has been hit hardest by the outbreak – with nearly 1.5 million affected and 745 confirmed cases of microcephaly in babies born to women infected with the virus.
Are you aware that the AMERICAN GOVERNMENT has had the Zika virus in biological archives since 1947? Are you aware that Zika was originally isolated from monkeys made in a secret Rockefeller laboratory experiment and is now “available for order” online?
Right here, check out some evidence:
The concept that the current Zika epidemic stems from samples taken from the American Type Culture Collection (ATCC) is a unique type of paranoia. Without a doubt, the ATCC has known pathogenic samples in its biological culture collection, and sure, Zika virus is one of them, and CERTAINLY, scientists can request admittance to these specimens for research purposes.
But it is not precisely like ordering a pizza. If you put in a request for any specimens that are even mildly pathogenic, you want to show a lot of credentials, and you require to back those up with legal documents signed by representatives of your research institution.
On the other hand-can we truly trust any organization associated with the man who sank the Titanic?