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October 1968

Community and Hospital Outbreak of Epidemic Keratoconjunctivitis

Author Affiliations

From the Wills Eye Hospital and Research Institute and the Virology Section, Division of Laboratories, Department of Health, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1968;80(4):467-473. doi:10.1001/archopht.1968.00980050469011

An epidemic outbreak of keratoconjunctivitis due to the type 8 adenovirus occurred in the Philadelphia area from April to December 1967. One hundred and two patients were involved with 50 occurring as isolated cases in the community and 52 having a contact history with medical or paramedical personnel before the onset of their infection. The course of infection, clinical and laboratory findings, methods of prevention, and treatment are described.

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