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Echovirus 19 associated with a case of acute flaccid paralysis
Article first published online: 18 DEC 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health © 2012 Paediatrics and Child Health Division (Royal Australasian College of Physicians)
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Volume 49, Issue 3, pages E239–E242, March 2013
How to Cite
Kesson, A. M., Choo, C. M., Troedson, C., Thorley, B. R. and Roberts, J. A. (2013), Echovirus 19 associated with a case of acute flaccid paralysis. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 49: E239–E242. doi: 10.1111/jpc.12043
- Issue published online: 10 MAR 2013
- Article first published online: 18 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 3 JAN 2012
- acute flaccid paralysis;
Acute flaccid paralysis can be caused by many members of the enterovirus genus, most notably the three poliviruses types 1 to 3. We report the case of acute flaccid paralysis caused by echovirus 19. The Western Pacific region has been declared polio free by the WHO since 2000. Australia is now using inactivated polio vaccine in the National Immunization Schedule. This vaccine does not carry the extremely rare risk of vaccine associated acute flaccid paralysis but it does leave our newly vaccinated population open gastrointestinal infection with polioviruses and the risk of circulation of the wild-type virus. Continued surveillance of cases of acute flaccid paralysis is to detect polioviruses is essential until poliovirus is completely eradicated.