Murray Valley encephalitis is rare but devastating

A STUDY of the long-term outcomes of Murray Valley encephalitis (MVE) cases shows that the mosquito-borne disease, although rare, can have devastating neurological consequences.

The review of 39 cases for which data was available, spanning 34 years, found more than half had neurological sequelae, including nine cases of limb paralysis, of whom seven were in children younger than five.

Two of these cases died from complications of quadriplegia, one aged 10 and the other 20 years after onset, and others were wheelchair bound or had ongoing severe disability. 

The authors of the report, led by

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