Ross River virus arthritis

Aaskov, John (2014) Ross River virus arthritis. In Cherry, J.D., Demmler-Harrison, G.J., Kaplan, S.L., Hotez, P., & Steinbach, W.J. (Eds.) Feigin and Cherry's Textbook of Pediatric Infectious Diseases [7TH ED.]. Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA, USA.

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Abstract

“Epidemics” of a benign disease causing polyarthralgia and rash were first described in Australia in 1927.63 Following the recovery of the causative agent and the advent of serologic tests able to diagnose Ross River virus infection, epidemic polyarthritis has been recognized as endemic in Australia and has occurred as epidemics in numerous Pacific nations. Approximately 4000 cases of epidemic polyarthritis are reported in Australia each year, with a peak of 7800 cases in 1996.

Some confusion has been generated recently by use of the term Ross River fever to describe clinical Ross River virus infections because fever does not develop in more than half of those with clinical disease.59 Additional confusion has been generated by efforts to describe any polyarthritis caused by an Australian arbovirus as epidemic polyarthritis. The term epidemic polyarthritis should be used to describe only clinical disease caused by Ross River virus.

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ID Code: 64937
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Ross River virus, epidemic poly arthritis, arbovirus
ISBN: 9781455711772
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY (110800) > Medical Virology (110804)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Clinical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Elsevier
Deposited On: 02 Dec 2013 23:11
Last Modified: 20 May 2016 20:20

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