An outbreak of Aseptic Meningitis due to echovirus type 30 in two cities of Turkey

Ozkaya E., Hizel K., Uysal G., Akman S., Terzioglu S., Kuyucu N.

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY, vol.18, no.8, pp.823-826, 2003 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 18 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Doi Number: 10.1023/a:1025334116364
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.823-826
  • Keywords: aseptic meningitis, echovirus type 30, enterovirus, outbreak, POLYMERASE CHAIN-REACTION, CHILD-CARE CENTER, INFECTION, DIAGNOSIS, PARENTS


An outbreak of aseptic meningitis due to echovirus 30 occurred in Ankara and Antalya in Turkey, during June to September 1999, with 176 cases fitting the clinical case definition. Cases were ascertained from attendees of the three hospitals in Ankara and one in Antalya. Medical files were reviewed and evaluated retrospectively. Clinical presentation and laboratory findings were typical of viral meningitis. Cerebrospinal fluid and/or stool samples of 86 patients were cultured for enteroviruses. Echovirus type 30 was isolated in 38 patients (44%). This is the first report and epidemiologic data about an aseptic meningitis outbreak due to echovirus type 30 from Turkey.