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Measles Virus Spread Mapped in the Brain

Researchers have mapped the mutation and spread of the measles virus in the brain, leading to the rare, deadly disease subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE). The study investigated a measles patient who later developed SSPE, revealing the virus replicated and mutated within the brain. The findings may aid understanding and development of treatments for brain diseases caused by viruses. The rising occurrence of measles due to missed vaccinations could lead to increased incidence of SSPE.

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