Quick Read: Hints of a More Virulent, Mutating West Nile Virus Emerge
Two doctors who have treated West Nile virus patients for years believe they are seeing evidence that the virus is causing more severe brain damage. Officials at the Centers for Disease Control disagree, saying more severe disease has been seen this year because there have been so many more cases.
The West Nile virus epidemic of 2012, the worst in a decade, may be notorious for yet another reason: The virus, in some cases, is attacking the brain more aggressively than in the past, raising the specter that it may have mutated into a nastier form, say two neurologists who have extensive experience dealing with the illness.
Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing stories and editing them for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferisView all posts by Lisa Aliferis →