New Viruses and Neurological Disease

Novel viruses belonging to a genus called cycloviruses within the Circoviridae family have been detected in patients with severe neurological disease on two continents. In papers published independently this week, researchers report the discovery of agents called cycloviruses in Vietnam and in Malawi. The studies suggest that the viruses – one of which also widely circulates in animals in Vietnam – could be involved in brain inflammation and paraplegia, but further studies are needed to confirm a causative link.



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