Bird flu leaves tracks in brain

Virus might create vulnerability to neurological disorders, research in mice suggests

By Laura Sanders, 16:25 PM January 31, 2012

After surviving a bout of virulent bird flu, mice’s brains show short-term reductions of a key brain chemical and long-lasting signs of infection, a new study finds. The research suggests this type of flu might leave people more vulnerable to brain disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.

While most people think of influenza as a disorder of the body, certain kinds of flu also infect the brain. Recent studies have found that the bird flu virus known as H5N1, which kills about half the people ...

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