UC researcher describes first cases of encephalomyelitis resulting from monkeypox virus

UC researcher describes first cases of encephalomyelitis resulting from monkeypox virus

If the monkeypox continues to spread around the world, a rare but potentially serious complication of the virus has been discovered by Daniel PastulaMD, MHS, associate professor of neurology and infectious diseases at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and of epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health.

Pastula is the lead author of a study, published this week in the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, which found two cases of monkeypox-associated encephalomyelitis – inflammation of the brain and spinal cord – in patients in Colorado and Washington, D.C. Among the other researchers on the paper is Know TylerMD, Professor of Neurology.

Learn more about monkeypox and who is most at risk.

Pastula and Tyler first warned of the neuroinvasive potential of monkeypox in August in a review published in Annals of Neurology, writing that the disease “probably has the potential to be neuroinvasive based on animal models, previous case series, and preliminary reports currently under investigation. Although neurological manifestations of infection with the Human monkeypox virus are rare, given the increase in cases worldwide, neurologists must be prepared to recognize, diagnose, and treat potential neuroinvasive disease or other neurological symptoms.

We spoke with Pastula about both articles and the current status of monkeypox.


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