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Prolonged Detection of Japanese Encephalitis Virus in Urine and Whole Blood in a Returned Short-term Traveler.

G Khai Lin Huang, Shio Yen Tio, Leon Caly, Suellen Nicholson, Irani Thevarajan, Georgina Papadakis, Mike Catton, Steven Y C Tong, Julian Druce
Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, and The University of Melbourne, at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, Victoria, Australia.


We describe a fatal case of Japanese encephalitis virus infection following short-term travel to Thailand. Viral RNA was detected in urine and whole blood out to 26 and 28 days, respectively, after the onset of symptoms. Live virus was isolated from a urine specimen from day 14.

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  • Journal: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
  • Published: 27/09/2017
  • Volume: 4
  • Issue: 4
  • Pagination: ofx203