WCNR 2018: Doctors discussed about neurological infections

At day two of the World Congress for Neuro Rehabilitation (WCNR) 2018, one of the most awaited sessions was about neuroinfections in developing countries. It spoke about infections like chikungunya and encephalitis in these countries

The second day of WCNR seems more than just promising. Whether it is the topics chosen or the guests who have come down to Mumbai, it was a marvel to attend.

One such dynamic session was about neuroinfections in the developing world. The session was chaired by Dr M Chandrashekhar, Dr R Chakor and Dr Usha Kant Misra.

“What I’ve noticed is that seizures are not related to mortality but associated with poor outcome,” said Dr Misra, department of Neurology, Sanjay Gandhi PGI, Lucknow who spoke in much detail about Japanese Encephalitis.

“Don’t do all tests, in all patients,” added Dr Misra.

While talking about chikungunya, Dr Rahul Kulkarni explained, “It is a relatively rare infection that was identified first in 1952 in Africa. Initially, the illness was supposed to be a self-restricting one. However, India experienced a major outbreak in 2006. Lack of immunity may be a factor for the massive epidemic in 2006 which took place in India.”

“It was predominantly a neurological infection with arthritis like manifestation and renal manifestations in some,” added Dr Kulkarni.

“The new strain of chikungunya virus is neurotrophic in nature,” he added.

Dr Rajat Madan, Assisant Professor, Infectious Diseases, University of Cincinnati who spoke about CNS protozoal infection said, “There are many ways of getting infections. Some of them are ingestion of viable cysts in food, congenital, new infection from transplanted organ, reactivation of latent infection etc.”