An Outbreak of Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis in Jamaica

II. Laboratory Diagnosis and Pathology of Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis in Jamaica

Edward A. Belle Department of Microbiology, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica

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Louis S. Grant Department of Microbiology, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica

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Marigold J. Thorburn Department of Microbiology, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica

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Summary

Eastern equine encephalomyelitis virus was isolated from man and horses during an outbreak of the disease in Jamaica in November and December, 1962. Viruses were isolated from 4 of 7 human brain tissue specimens and from 3 of 6 equine brain specimens. Histopathological evidence of encephalitis was evident in all the tissues examined.

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Lecturer, Department of Microbiology, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica.

Reader and Head of the Department of Microbiology, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica.

Assistant Pathologist, University Hospital of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica.

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