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Clinical and Laboratory Findings on the First Imported Case of Murray Valley Encephalitis in Europe

August Stich, Stephan Günther, Christian Drosten, Petra Emmerich, Dominic E. Dwyer, Linda Hueston, Wolfgang Hetzel, Armin Kirschner and Klaus Fleischer

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 37, issue 2, pages e19-e21
Published in print July 2003 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online July 2003 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/375068
Clinical and Laboratory Findings on the First Imported Case of Murray Valley Encephalitis in Europe

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Murray Valley encephalitis (MVE) is an important mosquitoborne flavivirus infection endemic to Australia and Papua New Guinea. We report the first imported case of MVE in Europe. A 23-year-old tourist developed severe encephalitis after having returned to Germany from a long-term trip across the Australian continent. The diagnosis was suspected on the basis of clinical findings and the patient's travel history and was confirmed by serological findings. The patient made a prolonged but complete recovery. Our case coincides with a recently reported spread of MVE virus in Australia. This emphasizes the need for continuous surveillance in areas of endemicity and appropriate protection when traveling through regions in which the MVE virus is endemic.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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