Eosinophilic Meningitis in the New Hebrides: Two Outbreaks and two Deaths

Donald K. Bowden Vila Base Hospital, Port Vila, New Hebrides, S.W. Pacific

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Nineteen patients were found with eosinophilic meningitis in the New Hebrides during a 3-year period. Two patients died. Autopsy revealed Angiostrongylus cantonensis larvae and a widespread meningoencephalitis in the central nervous system in both cases.