Western equine encephalitis
Synonyms: Western equine encephalomyelitis
An acute arboviral infection caused by an alphavirus of the Togaviridae family transmitted by an infected mosquito that more frequently affects children and that is characterized by the presence of mild flulike symptoms (fever chills headache nausea vomiting and anorexia) but that can progress to weakness altered mental status photophobia mental confusion seizures somnolence coma and/or even death. The disease can leave neurological sequelae mainly in infants and children such as seizures spasticity or behavioral disorders.
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Western equine encephalitis?
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Genetic Epilepsy Team Australia
Collaboration of research and care
We are an international charity and the only resource of our kind in the world, dedicated to supporting those affected by encephalitis, their families and professionals involved in their care. Our work involves support, information, awareness and research.
Aicardi-Goutieres Syndrome Advocacy Association
AGSAA is a global coalition of deeply dedicated parent advocates working alongside clinicians, researchers, and scientists. We are united in our desire to improve the lives of individuals and families living with Aicardi-Goutières Syndrome and those yet to be diagnosed. Everything we do reflects a sense of urgency to rescue patient potential and preserve quality of life through accelerating research and providing timely emotional and educational support alongside evolving clinical care recommendations to affected families.
Moonshots for Unicorns
Curing single-gene disorders
COMBINEDBrain is a consortium for outcome measures and biomarkers for neurodevelopmental disorders. We are collaborating to cure rare, non-verbal brain disorders.
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