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We utilized polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to demonstrate that Angiostrongylus cantonensis was responsible for 67.3% of 55 cases of eosinophilic meningitis from a cohort of 1,690 adult patients with CNS infection at a tertiary hospital in southern Vietnam. Longer duration of illness, depressed consciousness, and peripheral blood eosinophilia were associated with PCR positivity.

Original publication

DOI

10.1093/cid/cix118

Type

Journal article

Journal

Clin Infect Dis

Publication Date

15/06/2017

Volume

64

Pages

1784 - 1787

Keywords

Angiostrongylus cantonensis, Vietnam., eosinophilic meningitis, Adolescent, Adult, Angiostrongylus cantonensis, Animals, Cohort Studies, Eosinophilia, Female, Humans, Male, Meningitis, Polymerase Chain Reaction, Prospective Studies, Strongylida Infections, Tertiary Care Centers, Vietnam, Young Adult