Possible Congenital Infection with La Crosse Encephalitis Virus -- West Virginia, 2006-2007

Hinckley, A.; Hall, A.
January 2009
MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report;1/16/2009, Vol. 58 Issue 1, p4
The article details the first known case of La Cross encephalitis virus (LACV) infection in a pregnant woman, with evidence of possible congenital infection with LACV in her infant. A healthy woman aged 43 years in week 21 of her pregnancy was admitted to a West Virginia hospital in August 2006 after experiencing severe headaches, photophobia, fever and weakness. Analysis of her cerebrospinal fluid after hospital admission revealed an elevated white blood cell count, elevated protein and normal glucose.


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