Chikungunya virus and central nervous system infections in children, India

Penny Lewthwaite*, Ravi Vasanthapuram, Jane C. Osborne, Ashia Begum, Jenna L.M. Plank, M. Veera Shankar, Roger Hewson, Anita Desai, Nick J. Beeching, Ravi Ravikumar, Tom Solomon

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Abstract

Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is a mosquito-borne al- phavirus best known for causing fever, rash, arthralgia, and occasional neurologic disease. By using real-time reverse transcription-PCR, we detected CHIKV in plasma samples of 8 (14%) of 58 children with suspected central nervous system infection in Bellary, India. CHIKV was also detected in the cerebrospinal fluid of 3 children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-331
Number of pages3
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2009

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