Journal Article

Zoonotic Disease in Australia Caused by a Novel Member of the Paramyxoviridae

David L. Paterson, P. Keith Murray and Joseph G. McCormack

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 27, issue 1, pages 112-118
Published in print July 1998 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online July 1998 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/514614
Zoonotic Disease in Australia Caused by a Novel Member of the Paramyxoviridae

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Twenty-three horses and three humans in Queensland, Australia, were infected with a novel member of the Paramyxoviridae family of viruses in two geographically distinct outbreaks. Two of the humans died—one died of rapid-onset respiratory illness, and the other died of encephalitis. The third infected human developed an influenza-like illness and made a complete recovery. All infected humans had close contact with sick horses. Since the two outbreaks occurred at sites 1,000 km apart and no known contact between the two groups of humans and horses occurred, extensive testing of animals and birds common to the two areas was conducted. Fruit bats (Pteropus species) were found to carry a virus identical to that found in the infected humans and horses. Although there was no contact between the infected humans and the bats, some form of close contact between the horses and bats is the likely mode of infection.

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

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