Viral brain infection
Editor's Pics Nov 11, 2016
Measles infection in a brain cell nucleus
This color-enhanced, transmission electron micrograph shows a brain cell nucleus completely over-run with replicating measles virus.
The viral genome has been released from the virus particles and uses the cell's own machinery to help it replicate.
If the brain becomes infected with measles the resulting encephalitis can cause seizures, epilepsy, deafness, coma, mental retardation or death. Encephalitis is a complication of measles that occurs in 1 in 1000 cases.