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Infections and the Brain

Synopsis
The brain is well protected against most infections, but once they get into or around the brain they can cause fatal or serious long-term consequences. Some bacterial, viral and parasitic infections are particularly well adapted to the brain, ranging from meningococcal meningitis and encephalitis to cerebral malaria and sleeping sickness.
Transmission is by several routes including airborne and via mosquitoes and ticks. Control measures including vaccination have reduced the risk of some, but not all, of these very serious infections. This lecture covesr how infections get into the brain, what their effect is and what we can do to prevent and treat them. This lecture is also available to download as audio file. [53 minutes]
Series
Infectious Diseases: The Oldest Enemy
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of production
2018-2019
Subjects
Medical sciences
Keywords
brain; infection; meningitis; public health

Online availability

URI
https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/epidemics-pandemics-control
Delivery
Streamed

Credits

Contributor
Chris Professor Whitty

Distributor

Name

Gresham College

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020 7831 0575
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