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Close quarters and multiple sclerosis . . . and other stories

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4073 (Published 07 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4073

Zika virus

On the subject of infectious agents and neurological disease, a series of cases from a tertiary care centre in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, suggests that Zika virus is responsible for a recent rise in admissions for Guillain Barré syndrome and encephalitis (JAMA Neurol doi: 10.1001/jamaneurol.2017.1703). Out of 40 patients with new-onset para-infectious or neuro-inflammatory disease admitted between December 2015 and May 2016, 35 showed molecular or serological evidence of acute Zika virus infection in blood or cerebrospinal fluid samples.

Multiple sclerosis in the armed forces

An analysis of occupational mortality in England and Wales from 1979 to 2010 finds that deaths from multiple sclerosis among men in the armed forces are two to three times commoner than expected (Occup Med doi: …

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