A Brazilian hospital has reported the death of a patient from acute myositis caused by the Chikungunya virus - transmitted by the same mosquito that carries the Zika virus - in the first such case in this country and only the fifth worldwide
The infected patient, Danielle Santana, 17, was an Indian of the Xucururu tribe and died last Jan. 7 at Restoration Hospital in the northeastern city of Recife in Pernambuco state.
The teen died of acute myositis, a muscular inflammation with symptoms similar to the Guillain-Barre syndrome, including muscular paralysis, the hospital said.
Medical examinations found that the myositis was brought on by the Chikungunya virus, with which the young woman was infected in her native village in the Pesqueira municipality of Pernambuco.
The hospital said it had only heard of four other cases of people suffering from myositis as a complication of Chikungunya, all of them in far-off India.
Chikungunya is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the same that carries dengue fever and Zika, which has been declared a health emergency in Brazil.
The case occurred in the state of Pernambuco, precisely the area where the most microcephalic babies have been born, a condition researchers associate with the Zika virus. EFE