An echovirus type 18 outbreak in a neonatal intensive care unit
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We describe an outbreak of echovirus type 18 infection involving 20 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) patients and the results of virological investigations are presented. RT-PCR demonstrated a widespread transmission of the virus in NICU patients during the outbreak. Separation care and additional infection control measures seemed to be effective in preventing further spread of the virus.
KeywordsEchovirus 18 Outbreak NICU
Neonatal intensive care unit
Polymerase chain reaction
Infection control team
The authors thank Toshio Tanaka, SRL, Inc., for technical assistance, and also the staff of NICU and the members of ICT, Kyushu University Hospital for their cooperation.