First epidemic of echovirus 16 meningitis in Cuba

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From April to September 2000, an epidemic of aseptic meningitis spread throughout Cuba, with 16,943 reported cases. Virologic studies identified echovirus 16 as the cause of this epidemic. This is the first reported isolate of echovirus 16 from patients with viral meningitis in Cuba.


  • L Sarmiento
  • P Mas
  • A Goyenechea
  • R Palomera
  • L Morier
  • V Capó
  • I Quintana
  • M Santin
External organisations
  • Pedro Kouri Tropical Medicine Institute (IPK)
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Infectious Medicine


  • Adolescent, Adult, Age Distribution, Cerebrospinal Fluid/virology, Child, Child, Preschool, Cuba/epidemiology, Disease Outbreaks, Echovirus Infections/diagnosis, Enterovirus B, Human/classification, Feces/virology, Humans, Incidence, Infant, Meningitis, Aseptic/diagnosis, Meningitis, Viral/diagnosis, Middle Aged, RNA, Viral/analysis, Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)887-889
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Dec 19
Publication categoryResearch
Externally publishedYes