An epidemic of Echovirus type 30 infection in Western Australia during the first half of 1972 is reported. Echovirus 30 was isolated from 90 patients, 47 of whom had clinical meningitis. Isolations from patients admitted to the Princess Margaret Hospital resulted from routine virological investigation of acute febrile illness: only 22 out of 56 isolations were associated with clinical meningitis. An analysis of the clinical features of these patients shows differences between the school age and preschool children, and comparisons are made with the findings in an Echovirus 9 epidemic 2 yr earlier. The cerebrospinal fluid findings in children admitted to hospital with meningitis associated with Echovirus 30 are compared with those in children admitted with bacterial meningitis over the same period. The laboratory evidence for attributing an acute febrile illness to infection by Echovirus 30 and the indications for lumbar puncture and for antibiotic therapy are discussed.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|State||Published - 1973|
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