Dengue or Kokobera? A case report from the top end of the Northern Territory

Mein, Jacki, O'Grady, Kerry-Ann, Whelan, Peter, & Merianos, Angela (1998) Dengue or Kokobera? A case report from the top end of the Northern Territory. Communicable Diseases Intelligence, 22(6), pp. 105-107.

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In early April 1998, the Centre for Disease Control in Darwin was notified of a possible case of dengue which appeared to have been acquired in the Northern Territory. Because dengue is not endemic to the Northern Territory, locally acquired infection has significant public health implications, particularly for vector identification and control to limit the spread of infection. Dengue IgM serology was positive on two occasions, but the illness was eventually presumptively identified as Kokobera infection. This case illustrates the complexity of interpreting flavivirus serology. Determining the cause of infection requires consideration of the clinical illness, the incubation period, the laboratory results and vector presence. Waiting for confirmation of results, before the institution of the public health measures necessary for a true case of dengue, was ultimately justified in this case. This is a valid approach in the Northern Territory, but may not be applicable to areas of Australia with established vectors for dengue. Commun Dis Intell 1998;22:105-107.

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ID Code: 64716
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Case report, Dengue, Kokobera
ISSN: 1445-4866 (online) 1447-4514 (print)
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1998 Australian Government
Deposited On: 22 Nov 2013 02:48
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2013 02:48

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