Arboviral causes of non-specific fever and myalgia in a fever hospital patient population in Cairo, Egypt

Medhat A. Darwish, Fred M. Feinsod, Robert McN Scott, Thomas Ksiazek, Boulos A M Botros, Ibrahim H. Farrag, Sherif El Said

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Abstract

Fever and myalgia are non-specific clinical manifestations of illness which commonly occur in patients with arboviral disease. In Egypt, such illness is often mis-diagnosed as "influenza". To determine arboviral aetiology in patients admitted with fever and myalgia, acute and convalescent sera samples were obtained from 55 patients admitted with these clinical manifestations to the Imbaba Fever Hospital, Giza, Egypt, during October and November 1984. Based on viral isolation, and a comparison of acute and convalescent sera, 4 patients (7%) had acute arboviral infections. Haemagglutination inhibition and indirect immunofluorescence tests showed that one had West Nile virus (WNV) infection, 2 had sandfly fever virus-Naples (SFN), and 1 had sandfly fever virus-Sicilian (SFS) infection. SFN was isolated from the acute serum sample of 1 of the 2 patients with SFN infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1001-1003
Number of pages3
JournalTransactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Volume81
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

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Myalgia
Fever
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Phlebotomus Fever
Virus Diseases
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West Nile virus
Hemagglutination
Indirect Fluorescent Antibody Technique
Human Influenza
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Arboviral causes of non-specific fever and myalgia in a fever hospital patient population in Cairo, Egypt. / Darwish, Medhat A.; Feinsod, Fred M.; Scott, Robert McN; Ksiazek, Thomas; Botros, Boulos A M; Farrag, Ibrahim H.; El Said, Sherif.

In: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Vol. 81, No. 6, 1987, p. 1001-1003.

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Darwish, Medhat A. ; Feinsod, Fred M. ; Scott, Robert McN ; Ksiazek, Thomas ; Botros, Boulos A M ; Farrag, Ibrahim H. ; El Said, Sherif. / Arboviral causes of non-specific fever and myalgia in a fever hospital patient population in Cairo, Egypt. In: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 1987 ; Vol. 81, No. 6. pp. 1001-1003.
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