Eight more cases of Borna disease virus uncovered in Germany through brain tissue sampling

Additional evidence emerged in Germany that Borna disease virus, which resides in shrews, was associated with fatal encephalitis in people there.

Analysis of brain tissue in eight cases of encephalitis believed to have a viral origin — going back as far as 20 years ago — showed RNA and reactive antibodies from Borna disease virus 1, reported Martin Beer, MD, of Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut in Germany, and colleagues, in the Lancet Infectious Diseases.

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