Recife Brazil: First Confirmed Death from Chikungunya

Posted on January 30, 2016 • Filed under: Brazil, Latin America Health

Chikungunya Virus Death reported the Hospital of the Restoration in Recife, Brazil’s first confirmed case of acute myositis caused by the chikungunya virus. Danielle Santana, 17, of Pernambuco Indian village of Xucururu, was the first person killed as a result of myositis in Brazil.

According to the hospital staff, there are only four registration cases of myositis connected to the chikungunya worldwide, with two patients died. The chikungunya fever is transmitted by the mosquito Aedes aegypti, the same vector Zika and dengue.

The infectious disease of the Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine Dalcy Albuquerque explains that myositis is a great inflammation in the muscles, which can be an autoimmune reaction of the body to some types of viruses and bacteria. “When a person is sick it produces antibodies to destroy the virus or bacteria. But in some cases the antibodies are still acting, and the attack is against the body itself. In the case of myositis, affects the muscles, and Guillain Barré syndrome attacks the sheath of nerves, “said the expert. Read Article

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