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February 2015

Neuroinfectious Diseases: A Crisis in Neurology and a Call for Action

Author Affiliations
  • 1Section of Infections of the Nervous System, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
JAMA Neurol. 2015;72(2):143-144. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2014.3442

Despite significant advancements in the management of infectious diseases, central nervous system (CNS) infections remain a major challenge. They are often difficult to diagnose, and treatments are inadequate or nonexistent. Not surprisingly, encephalitis has been the subject of several recent movies and of fiction and nonfiction books, and outbreaks have received wide attention by the popular media. For example, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease) continues to get wide media coverage despite the absence of human cases in United States.