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Posted on July 11, 2012 with No Comments
Mosquitoes are buzzing once again, and with that comes the threat of West Nile virus which often results in flu-like symptoms that aren’t life-threatening, and some in cases, infected people show no symptoms at all. But a significant percentage of patients develop serious neurological disease.
Tom Hobman, a researcher with the Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, is making every effort to put an end to this potentially serious infection.
“Once we understand how West Nile virus affects the pathways that control the tight junctions of the blood-brain barrier, it may be possible to design drugs that prevent infection of the brain. I expect this will also be the case for related viruses that infect the central nervous system.”