Viral Encephalitis of Unknown Cause: Current Perspective and Recent Advances.

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Viral Encephalitis of Unknown Cause: Current Perspective and Recent Advances.

Viruses. 2017 Jun 06;9(6):

Authors: Kennedy PGE, Quan PL, Lipkin WI

Abstract
Viral encephalitis causes acute inflammation of the brain parenchyma and is a significant cause of human morbidity and mortality. Although Herpes Simplex encephalitis is the most frequent known cause of fatal sporadic encephalitis in humans, an increasingly wide range of viruses and other microbial pathogens are implicated. Up to 60% of cases of presumed viral encephalitis remain unexplained due to the failure of conventional laboratory techniques to detect an infectious agent. High-throughput DNA sequencing technologies have the potential to detect any microbial nucleic acid present in a biological specimen without any prior knowledge of the target sequence. While there remain challenges intrinsic to these technologies, they have great promise in virus discovery in unexplained encephalitis.

PMID: 28587310 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

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