Murray Valley Encephalitis in New Guinea

I. Isolation of Murray Valley Encephalitis Virus from the Brain of a Fatal Case of Encephalitis Occurring in a Papuan Native

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  • Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Department of Experimental Medicine, University of Melbourne, and the Public Health Department Laboratory, Port Moresby, Papua and New Guinea


A Papuan native boy aged about 14 years died of acute encephalitis at Port Moresby in May 1956. A virus, isolated from the brain, has been identified as a strain of Murray Valley encephalitis virus and designated MVE-1-56.