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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 94, No. 4, 1999, pp. 467-468
Bioline Code: oc99085
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
Document available free of charge

Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 94, No. 4, 1999, pp. 467-468

 en RESEARCH NOTE - Outbreak of Acute Haemorrhagic Conjunctivitis in Cuba
Ivonne Avalos Redón; Pedro José Más Lago; Luis Raymond Sarmiento Pérez; Rosa Esther Palomera Puentes & Marité Bello Corredor

Abstract

Acute haemorrhagic conjunctivitis (AHC) is a highly contagious eye disease, which appeared for the first time in Africa in 1969. The causative agent was identified by R Kono et al. (1972 Lancet 1: 1191-1194) as a new type of Picornavirus: Enterovirus type 70 (E70). Other outbreak occurred in 1970 in Singapore and probably in Java Island was caused by another new human pathogen that was identified as a variant of Coxsackievirus A24 (CA24v) (M Yin-Murphy 1972 Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health 33: 303-309). Since then, both agents have caused outbreaks in different parts of the world, sometimes with a pandemic behaviour.

Keywords
acute haemorrhagic conjunctivitis - Coxsackievirus A24 - Cuba

 
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