Outbreak of acute hemorrhagic conjunctivitis in French Guiana and West Indies caused by coxsackievirus A24 variant: phylogenetic analysis reveals Asian import.

@article{Dussart2005OutbreakOA,
  title={Outbreak of acute hemorrhagic conjunctivitis in French Guiana and West Indies caused by coxsackievirus A24 variant: phylogenetic analysis reveals Asian import.},
  author={Philippe Dussart and Ga{\"e}lle Cartet and Pierre Huguet and Nicolas L{\'e}v{\^e}que and Christian Hajjar and Jacques Morvan and Julie Vanderkerckhove and Karine Ferret and Bruno Lina and Jean-Jacques Chomel and Hel{\'e}ne Norder},
  journal={Journal of medical virology},
  year={2005},
  volume={75 4},
  pages={559-65}
}
An outbreak of acute hemorrhagic conjunctivitis occurred in French Guiana between April and July 2003, with approximately 6,000 cases in the two major cities Kourou and Cayenne. Since acute hemorrhagic conjunctivitis is not a notifiable disease in France, there was no registration of the number of cases. Therefore, these were estimated by comparing the consumption of antibiotic eye drops and ophthalmic ointments during 2002 and 2003. The outbreak rapidly spread into the Caribbean Islands… CONTINUE READING

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