Dengue Fever Tied to Higher Risk of Neurological and Psychiatric Complications in Landmark Study

8 May 2024 • In a groundbreaking investigation, a nationwide study uncovered compelling evidence linking dengue fever to heightened risks of neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Analyzing data from over 48,000 adults, researchers identified significant associations between dengue fever and conditions such as Guillain-Barré syndrome, Parkinson's disease, dementia, and various psychiatric disorders.

Individuals over 60 years showed a heightened risk of neurological disorders, while all age groups exhibited an elevated risk of psychiatric disorders post-dengue infection.

Although prior case reports and smaller studies noted the neurotropic nature of the dengue fever virus, this study stands out due to its extensive scale and use of long-term, comprehensive national health data.

These findings underscore the need for heightened awareness and monitoring of neuropsychiatric complications following dengue fever.

Source: JAMA | Read full story

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