Research reveals new zoonotic brain infection

Researchers from Oxford, Amsterdam and the Wellcome Trust in South-East Asia, say the newly sequenced virus is from the Circoviridae family, previously associated only with animal disease, mainly in poultry and pigs.

The virus, tentatively named CyCV-VN was found in 28 out of 644 Vietnamese patients with severe brain infections but in none of 122 control patients with non-infectious brain disorders.

“The detection of CyCV-VN in a usually sterile material like cerebrospinal fluid is