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Chapter 7 : Outbreaks of Diseases of the Central Nervous System

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Microbes that infect the central nervous system (CNS) have several strategies to bypass host defenses. causes pneumonia. can live in nasal mucosa. Both bacteria can cause pharyngitis. The consequences of a microbial infection of the CNS are serious. Even when infections of the CNS are not lethal, they can still have major health consequences, such as paralysis, seizures, mental retardation, blindness, and/or deafness. In a college setting, the most common CNS pathogen is meningitis, causing microbes that are spread as respiratory pathogens. This section emphasizes the importance of rapid treatment and prevention strategies to decrease the spread of infections that can be lethal. Selected outbreak-causing pathogens of the nervous system are illustrated in a table in this chapter. A section is devoted for reference material for diseases and pathogens of the central nervous system. The chapter discusses various outbreaks of diseases of the CNS, including flaccid paralysis, tetanus, and mad cow disease. Details of each outbreak conclude with questions and student activity.

Citation: Anderson R. 2006. Outbreaks of Diseases of the Central Nervous System, p 215-238. In Outbreak. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555816322.ch7
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Table VII.1

Selected outbreak-causing pathogens of the nervous system

Citation: Anderson R. 2006. Outbreaks of Diseases of the Central Nervous System, p 215-238. In Outbreak. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555816322.ch7

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