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Fatal encephalitis and meningitis at the Gold Coast Hospital, 1980 to 1996.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9079589     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The recent association of a fatal human case of encephalitis with a newly identified lyssavirus apparently acquired from a native Australian bat has highlighted the possibility that previous human infections have passed urecognised. Infected bats have been identified on the Queensland Gold Coast where extensive close contact between bats and humans has occurred for many years. In an attempt to identify nervously unrecognised cases of fatal lyssavirus encephalitis, the medical records of the Gold Coast Hospital over a 16 years period from 1980 to 1996 were reviewed. Of 20 cases coded as 'encephalitis' or 'meningitis' where death occurred, none was consistent with an encephalitis due to an unidentified virus.
J Gerrard
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Communicable diseases intelligence     Volume:  21     ISSN:  0725-3141     ISO Abbreviation:  Commun. Dis. Intell.     Publication Date:  1997 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-05-09     Completed Date:  1997-05-09     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9108419     Medline TA:  Commun Dis Intell     Country:  AUSTRALIA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  32-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Gold Coast Hospital, Southport, Queensland.
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MeSH Terms
Chiroptera / virology
Encephalitis, Viral / epidemiology*
Meningitis / epidemiology*
New South Wales / epidemiology
Queensland / epidemiology
Rhabdoviridae Infections / epidemiology*,  veterinary

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