Wednesday, December 9, 2009

IN THE NEWS --->Infection in the kidney

A recent study published online in the Journal of Infectious Diseases quotes that the WEST NILE virus can survive in the kidney for many years. The group followed 100 patients with severe West Nile infections, who were tested for seven years after their initial infection and more than 50%continued to have infection-related symptoms, and five eventually died of kidney failure. This is interesting as this might have implications for West Nile as a cause of ? collapsing FSGS that is idiopathic.
It might be interesting to see what type of renal disease these patients died of.  This might be extremely important in transplant patients as they are more prone to different types of infections!!

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