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Warning efforts aim at preventing another encephalitis epidemic
Public health preparations are being made for whatever this summer may bring—if anything— in the way of arthropod-borne viral encephalitis outbreaks in humans."It's not clear what kind of a year we are going to have," says John A. Bryan, MD, deputy director of the Viral Disease Division at the federal Center for Disease Control (CDC), Atlanta. "Last year, some things happened that had not been seen before, like the spread of St Louis encephalitis into the Chicago area and farther north than ever before reported."While Dr Bryan and colleagues concentrate particularly on the human side of the arbovirus encephalitis situation, Thomas P. Monath, MD, and co-workers at CDC's Vectorborne Diseases Division laboratories at Fort Collins, Colo, are coping with the vectors and vertebrate hosts of St Louis encephalitis virus. Referring to the 1975 epidemic of St Louis encephalitis, D.
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