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Zika virus persists in the central nervous system and lymph nodes of Rhesus monkeys

Virus found in tissues weeks after clearance from blood.

Investigators from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School discovered that Zika virus, although cleared from peripheral blood within 7-10 days, remained in the cerebrospinal fluid for up to 42 days, and in lymph nodes and colorectal biopsies for up to 72 days. According to the authors, this finding suggests that the presence of the virus in the central nervous system after a Zika infection may contribute to extensive neurological diseases.

 

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