Fernando S Ramalho, Aparecida Y Yamamoto, Luis L da Silva, Luiz Tm Figueiredo, Lenaldo B Rocha, Luciano Neder, Sara R Teixeira, Letícia A Apolinário, Leandra Nz Ramalho, Deisy M Silva, Conrado M Coutinho, Patrícia P Melli, Marlei J Augusto, Ligia B Santoro, Geraldo Duarte, Marisa M Mussi-Pinhata
We reported two fatal cases of congenital Zika virus (ZIKV) infection. Brain anomalies including atrophy of the cerebral cortex and brainstem, and cerebellar aplasia were observed. The spinal cord showed architectural distortion, severe neuronal loss and microcalcifications. The ZIKV proteins and flavivirus-like particles were detected in cytoplasm of spinal neurons, and spinal cord samples were positive for the ZIKV RNA.
April 21, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America