Specific Association of Human Parechovirus Type 3 with Sepsis and Fever in Young Infants, as Identified by Direct Typing of Cerebrospinal Fluid Samples

H. Harvala, I. Robertson, T. Chieochansin, E.C. McWilliam Leitch, K. Templeton, P. Simmonds

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Background. Human parechoviruses (HPeVs), along with human enteroviruses (HEVs), are associated with neonatal sepsis and meningitis. We determined the relative importance of these viruses and the specific HPeV types involved in the development of central nervous system-associated disease. Methods. A total of 1575 cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples obtained during 2006-2008 were screened for HPeV by means of nested polymerase chain reaction. All samples for which results were positive were typed by sequencing of viral protein (VP) 3/VP1. Screening for HEV was performed in parallel, as was detection of HPeV in respiratory and fecal surveillance samples, to identify virus types circulating in the general population. Results. HPeV was detected in 14 CSF samples obtained exclusively from young infants (age,
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)1753-1760
Number of pages8
JournalThe Journal of Infectious Diseases
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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