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An echovirus type 18 outbreak in a neonatal intensive care unit

  • Koichi KusuharaEmail author
  • Mitsumasa Saito
  • Yuka Sasaki
  • Shunji Hikino
  • Tomoaki Taguchi
  • Sachiyo Suita
  • Jun Hayashi
  • Kiyoko Wakatsuki
  • Toshiro Hara
Short Report

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Echovirus 18 Outbreak NICU 

Abbreviations

NICU

Neonatal intensive care unit

RT

Reverse transcription

PCR

Polymerase chain reaction

NTR

Nontranslated region

ICT

Infection control team

Notes

Acknowledgement

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.

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© Springer-Verlag 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Koichi Kusuhara
    • 1
    • 3
    • 5
    Email author
  • Mitsumasa Saito
    • 1
  • Yuka Sasaki
    • 1
  • Shunji Hikino
    • 1
  • Tomoaki Taguchi
    • 2
  • Sachiyo Suita
    • 2
  • Jun Hayashi
    • 3
  • Kiyoko Wakatsuki
    • 4
  • Toshiro Hara
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsKyushu University HospitalFukuokaJapan
  2. 2.Department of Pediatric SurgeryKyushu University HospitalFukuokaJapan
  3. 3.Infection Control TeamKyushu University HospitalFukuokaJapan
  4. 4.Fukuoka City Institute for Hygiene and the EnvironmentFukuokaJapan
  5. 5.Department of Pediatrics, Graduate School of Medical SciencesKyushu UniversityFukuokaJapan

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