Global & Disaster Medicine

Madariaga virus in Haitian children


Lednicky JA, White SK, Mavian CN, El Badry MA, Telisma T, Salemi M, et al. (2019) Emergence of Madariaga virus as a cause of acute febrile illness in children, Haiti, 2015-2016. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 13(1): e0006972. 

“……While most MADV case reports have involved patients with encephalitis, it is likely that the majority of infections occur in persons who are asymptomatic or who have only relatively mild disease …..In Haiti, no prior data are available on MADV in vectors, animal reservoirs, or humans. While we cannot exclude the possibility that MADV was present in Haiti before the current case cluster, our phylogenetic studies are strongly suggestive of recent introduction of the virus into Haiti from Panama. ….”

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