Imported West Nile virus encephalitis in an Israeli tourist

Benjamin A. Rogers, Linda Hueston, Irani Ratnam

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West Nile virus is an arbovirus that has caused large outbreaks of febrile illness, meningitis and encephalitis in Europe, North America and the Middle East. We describe the first laboratory-confirmed human case of West Nile virus infection in Australia, in a 58-year-old tourist who was almost certainly infected in Israel. The case is a reminder of the need to consider exotic pathogens in travellers and of the risk of introducing new pathogens into Australia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)232-234
Number of pages3
JournalThe Medical Journal of Australia
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 17 Aug 2009
Externally publishedYes

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