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Category: Acute Flaccid Paralysis

Title: Acute Flaccid Paralysis Associated with Novel Enterovirus C105
Author: Horner LM, Poulter MD, Brenton JN, Turner RB
Affiliation: University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
Journal: Emerging Infectious Diseases
Citation: Emerg Infect Dis. 2015 Oct. Vol. 21:10. http://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid2110.150759
Publication Year and Month: 2015 10

Abstract: An outbreak of acute flaccid paralysis among children in the United States during summer 2014 was tentatively associated with enterovirus D68 infection. This syndrome in a child in fall 2014 was associated with enterovirus C105 infection. The presence of this virus strain in North America may pose a diagnostic challenge.

Conclusions:

Outcome of Research: Not applicable

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Category: Acute Flaccid Paralysis

Title: Acute Flaccid paralysis in adults: Our experience
Author: Kaushik R (1), Kharbanda PS (2), Bhalla A (1), Rajan R (2), Prabhakar S (2)
Affiliation: (1) Department of Internal Medicine, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana, India; (2) Department of Neurology, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana, India
Journal: Journal of Emergencies, Trauma, and Shock
Citation: J Emerg Trauma Shock. 2014 Jul-Sep; 7(3): 149–154. doi: 10.4103/0974-2700.136847
Publication Year and Month: 2014 07

Abstract: Acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) is a complex clinical syndrome with a broad array of potential etiologies that vary with age. We present our experience of acute onset lower motor neuron paralysis.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred and thirty-three consecutive adult patients presenting with weakness of duration less than four weeks over 12 months period were enrolled. Detailed history, clinical examination, and relevant investigations according to a pre-defined diagnostic algorithm were carried out. The patients were followed through their hospital stay till discharge or death.

RESULTS: The mean age was 33.27 (range 13-89) years with male preponderance (67.7%). The most common etiology was neuroparalytic snake envenomation (51.9%), followed by Guillain Barre syndrome (33.1%), constituting 85% of all patients. Hypokalemic paralysis (7.5%) and acute intermittent porphyria (4.5%) were the other important conditions. We did not encounter any case of acute poliomylitis in adults. In-hospital mortality due to respiratory paralysis was 9%.

Conclusions: Neuroparalytic snakebite and Guillain Barre syndrome were the most common causes of acute flaccid paralysis in adults in our study.

Outcome of Research: Not applicable

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Category: Acute Flaccid Paralysis

Title: Human Enteroviruses isolated during acute flaccid paralysis surveillance in Ghana: implications for the post eradication era
Author: Odoom JK, Obodai E, Barnor JS, Ashun M, Arthur-Quarm J, Osei-Kwasi M
Affiliation: Department of Virology, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana
Journal: Pan African Medical Journal
Citation: Pan Afr Med J. 2012; 12: 74
Publication Year and Month: 2012 07

Abstract: INTRODUCTION: Surveillance of acute flaccid surveillance (AFP) has been used world-wide to monitor the control and eradication of circulating wild polioviruses. The Polio Laboratory since its accreditation in 1996 has supported the Disease Surveillance Department for AFP surveillance. This study aims to isolate and characterize human enteroviruses from patients with AFP in Ghana.

METHOD: Stool suspension was prepared from 308 samples received in 2009 from the surveillance activities throughout the country and inoculated on both RD and L20B cell lines. Isolates that showed growth on L20B were selected for real-time RT-PCR using degenerate and non-degenerate primers and probes. RD isolates were however characterized by microneutralisation technique with antisera pools from RIVM, The Netherlands and viruses that were untypable subjected to neutralization assay using antibodies specific for E71.

RESULTS: Of the 308 samples processed, 17 (5.5%) grew on both L20B and RD cells while 32 (10.4%) grew on RD only. All 28 isolates from L20B were characterized by rRT-PCR as Sabin-like polioviruses. No wild poliovirus or VDPV was found. However from the microneutralisation assay, six different enteroviruses were characterized. Among these, Coxsackie B viruses were most predominant followed by Echovirus. Three children from whom non-polio enteroviruses were isolated had residual paralysis while one child with VAPP found. The non-polio enteroviruses circulated throughout the country with the majority (20.7%) from Ashanti region.

Conclusions: This study showed the absence of wild or vaccine-derived poliovirus circulation in the country. However, the detection of three non-polio enteroviruses and one Sabin-like poliovirus with residual paralysis call for continuous surveillance even in the post polio eradication era.

Outcome of Research: Not applicable

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Category: Acute Flaccid Paralysis

Title: Potential for the Australian and New Zealand paediatric intensive care registry to enhance acute flaccid paralysis surveillance in Australia: a data-linkage study
Author: Hobday LK (1), Thorley BR (1), Alexander J (2), Aitken T (1), Massey PD (3,4), Cretikos M (5,6), Slater A (2,7), Durrheim DN (3,8)
Affiliation: (1) National Enterovirus Reference Laboratory, Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory, North Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; (2) Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society, Herston, Queensland, Australia; (3) Hunter New England Population Health, Wallsend, NSW, Australia; (4) School of Health, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia; (5) School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Darlington, NSW, Australia; (6) Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence, NSW Ministry of Health, Sydney, NSW, Australia; (7) Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Royal Children’s Hospital, Herston, Queensland, Australia; (8) Hunter Medical Research Institute, New Lambton, NSW, Australia
Journal: BioMed Central Infectious Diseases
Citation: BMC Infect Dis. 2013 Aug 21;13:384. doi: 10.1186/1471-2334-13-384.
Publication Year and Month: 2013 08

Abstract: BACKGROUND: Australia uses acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance to monitor its polio-free status. The World Health Organization criterion for a sensitive AFP surveillance system is the annual detection of at least one non-polio AFP case per 100,000 children aged less than 15 years, a target Australia has not consistently achieved. Children exhibiting AFP are likely to be hospitalised and may be admitted to an intensive care unit. This provides a potential opportunity for active AFP surveillance.

METHODS: A data-linkage study for the period from 1 January 2005 to 31 December 2008 compared 165 non-polio AFP cases classified by the Polio Expert Panel with 880 acute neurological presentations potentially compatible with AFP documented in the Australian and New Zealand Paediatric Intensive Care (ANZPIC) Registry.

RESULTS: Forty-two (25%) AFP cases classified by the Polio Expert Panel were matched to case records in the ANZPIC Registry. Of these, nineteen (45%) cases were classified as Guillain-Barré syndrome on both registries. Ten additional Guillain-Barré syndrome cases recorded in the ANZPIC Registry were not notified to the national AFP surveillance system.

Conclusions: The identification of a further ten AFP cases supports inclusion of intensive care units in national AFP surveillance, particularly specialist paediatric intensive care units, to identify AFP cases that may not otherwise be reported to the national surveillance system.

Outcome of Research: Not applicable

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Category: Acute Flaccid Paralysis

Title: Potential for the Australian and New Zealand paediatric intensive care registry to enhance acute flaccid paralysis surveillance in Australia: a data-linkage study
Author: Hobday LK (1), Thorley BR (1), Alexander J (2), Aitken T (1), Massey PD (3,4), Cretikos M (5,6), Slater A (2,7), Durrheim DN (3,8)
Affiliation: (1) National Enterovirus Reference Laboratory, Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory, North Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; (2) Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society, Herston, Queensland, Australia; (3) Hunter New England Population Health, Wallsend, NSW, Australia; (4) School of Health, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia; (5) School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Darlington, NSW, Australia; (6) Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence, NSW Ministry of Health, Sydney, NSW, Australia; (7) Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Royal Children’s Hospital, Herston, Queensland, Australia; (8) Hunter Medical Research Institute, New Lambton, NSW, Australia
Journal: BioMed Central Infectious Diseases
Citation: BMC Infect Dis. 2013 Aug 21;13:384. doi: 10.1186/1471-2334-13-384.
Publication Year and Month: 2013 08

Abstract: BACKGROUND: Australia uses acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance to monitor its polio-free status. The World Health Organization criterion for a sensitive AFP surveillance system is the annual detection of at least one non-polio AFP case per 100,000 children aged less than 15 years, a target Australia has not consistently achieved. Children exhibiting AFP are likely to be hospitalised and may be admitted to an intensive care unit. This provides a potential opportunity for active AFP surveillance.

METHODS: A data-linkage study for the period from 1 January 2005 to 31 December 2008 compared 165 non-polio AFP cases classified by the Polio Expert Panel with 880 acute neurological presentations potentially compatible with AFP documented in the Australian and New Zealand Paediatric Intensive Care (ANZPIC) Registry.

RESULTS: Forty-two (25%) AFP cases classified by the Polio Expert Panel were matched to case records in the ANZPIC Registry. Of these, nineteen (45%) cases were classified as Guillain-Barré syndrome on both registries. Ten additional Guillain-Barré syndrome cases recorded in the ANZPIC Registry were not notified to the national AFP surveillance system.

Conclusions: The identification of a further ten AFP cases supports inclusion of intensive care units in national AFP surveillance, particularly specialist paediatric intensive care units, to identify AFP cases that may not otherwise be reported to the national surveillance system.

Outcome of Research: Not applicable

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Category: Acute Flaccid Paralysis

Title: Acute Flaccid Paralysis Associated with Novel Enterovirus C105
Author: Horner LM, Poulter MD, Brenton JN, Turner RB
Affiliation: University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
Journal: Emerging Infectious Diseases
Citation: Emerg Infect Dis. 2015 Oct. Vol. 21:10. http://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid2110.150759
Publication Year and Month: 2015 10

Abstract: An outbreak of acute flaccid paralysis among children in the United States during summer 2014 was tentatively associated with enterovirus D68 infection. This syndrome in a child in fall 2014 was associated with enterovirus C105 infection. The presence of this virus strain in North America may pose a diagnostic challenge.

Conclusions:

Outcome of Research: Not applicable

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Category: Acute Flaccid Paralysis

Title: Acute Flaccid paralysis in adults: Our experience
Author: Kaushik R (1), Kharbanda PS (2), Bhalla A (1), Rajan R (2), Prabhakar S (2)
Affiliation: (1) Department of Internal Medicine, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana, India; (2) Department of Neurology, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana, India
Journal: Journal of Emergencies, Trauma, and Shock
Citation: J Emerg Trauma Shock. 2014 Jul-Sep; 7(3): 149–154. doi: 10.4103/0974-2700.136847
Publication Year and Month: 2014 07

Abstract: Acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) is a complex clinical syndrome with a broad array of potential etiologies that vary with age. We present our experience of acute onset lower motor neuron paralysis.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred and thirty-three consecutive adult patients presenting with weakness of duration less than four weeks over 12 months period were enrolled. Detailed history, clinical examination, and relevant investigations according to a pre-defined diagnostic algorithm were carried out. The patients were followed through their hospital stay till discharge or death.

RESULTS: The mean age was 33.27 (range 13-89) years with male preponderance (67.7%). The most common etiology was neuroparalytic snake envenomation (51.9%), followed by Guillain Barre syndrome (33.1%), constituting 85% of all patients. Hypokalemic paralysis (7.5%) and acute intermittent porphyria (4.5%) were the other important conditions. We did not encounter any case of acute poliomylitis in adults. In-hospital mortality due to respiratory paralysis was 9%.

Conclusions: Neuroparalytic snakebite and Guillain Barre syndrome were the most common causes of acute flaccid paralysis in adults in our study.

Outcome of Research: Not applicable

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Category: Acute Flaccid Paralysis

Title: Human Enteroviruses isolated during acute flaccid paralysis surveillance in Ghana: implications for the post eradication era
Author: Odoom JK, Obodai E, Barnor JS, Ashun M, Arthur-Quarm J, Osei-Kwasi M
Affiliation: Department of Virology, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana
Journal: Pan African Medical Journal
Citation: Pan Afr Med J. 2012; 12: 74
Publication Year and Month: 2012 07

Abstract: INTRODUCTION: Surveillance of acute flaccid surveillance (AFP) has been used world-wide to monitor the control and eradication of circulating wild polioviruses. The Polio Laboratory since its accreditation in 1996 has supported the Disease Surveillance Department for AFP surveillance. This study aims to isolate and characterize human enteroviruses from patients with AFP in Ghana.

METHOD: Stool suspension was prepared from 308 samples received in 2009 from the surveillance activities throughout the country and inoculated on both RD and L20B cell lines. Isolates that showed growth on L20B were selected for real-time RT-PCR using degenerate and non-degenerate primers and probes. RD isolates were however characterized by microneutralisation technique with antisera pools from RIVM, The Netherlands and viruses that were untypable subjected to neutralization assay using antibodies specific for E71.

RESULTS: Of the 308 samples processed, 17 (5.5%) grew on both L20B and RD cells while 32 (10.4%) grew on RD only. All 28 isolates from L20B were characterized by rRT-PCR as Sabin-like polioviruses. No wild poliovirus or VDPV was found. However from the microneutralisation assay, six different enteroviruses were characterized. Among these, Coxsackie B viruses were most predominant followed by Echovirus. Three children from whom non-polio enteroviruses were isolated had residual paralysis while one child with VAPP found. The non-polio enteroviruses circulated throughout the country with the majority (20.7%) from Ashanti region.

Conclusions: This study showed the absence of wild or vaccine-derived poliovirus circulation in the country. However, the detection of three non-polio enteroviruses and one Sabin-like poliovirus with residual paralysis call for continuous surveillance even in the post polio eradication era.

Outcome of Research: Not applicable

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There are currently 4 papers in this category.

Category: Acute Flaccid Paralysis

Title: Potential for the Australian and New Zealand paediatric intensive care registry to enhance acute flaccid paralysis surveillance in Australia: a data-linkage study
Author: Hobday LK (1), Thorley BR (1), Alexander J (2), Aitken T (1), Massey PD (3,4), Cretikos M (5,6), Slater A (2,7), Durrheim DN (3,8)
Affiliation: (1) National Enterovirus Reference Laboratory, Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory, North Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; (2) Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society, Herston, Queensland, Australia; (3) Hunter New England Population Health, Wallsend, NSW, Australia; (4) School of Health, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia; (5) School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Darlington, NSW, Australia; (6) Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence, NSW Ministry of Health, Sydney, NSW, Australia; (7) Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Royal Children’s Hospital, Herston, Queensland, Australia; (8) Hunter Medical Research Institute, New Lambton, NSW, Australia
Journal: BioMed Central Infectious Diseases
Citation: BMC Infect Dis. 2013 Aug 21;13:384. doi: 10.1186/1471-2334-13-384.
Publication Year and Month: 2013 08

Abstract: BACKGROUND: Australia uses acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance to monitor its polio-free status. The World Health Organization criterion for a sensitive AFP surveillance system is the annual detection of at least one non-polio AFP case per 100,000 children aged less than 15 years, a target Australia has not consistently achieved. Children exhibiting AFP are likely to be hospitalised and may be admitted to an intensive care unit. This provides a potential opportunity for active AFP surveillance.

METHODS: A data-linkage study for the period from 1 January 2005 to 31 December 2008 compared 165 non-polio AFP cases classified by the Polio Expert Panel with 880 acute neurological presentations potentially compatible with AFP documented in the Australian and New Zealand Paediatric Intensive Care (ANZPIC) Registry.

RESULTS: Forty-two (25%) AFP cases classified by the Polio Expert Panel were matched to case records in the ANZPIC Registry. Of these, nineteen (45%) cases were classified as Guillain-Barré syndrome on both registries. Ten additional Guillain-Barré syndrome cases recorded in the ANZPIC Registry were not notified to the national AFP surveillance system.

Conclusions: The identification of a further ten AFP cases supports inclusion of intensive care units in national AFP surveillance, particularly specialist paediatric intensive care units, to identify AFP cases that may not otherwise be reported to the national surveillance system.

Outcome of Research: Not applicable

Availability of Paper: The full text of this paper has been generously made available by the publisher.

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Category: Acute Flaccid Paralysis

Title: Acute Flaccid Paralysis Associated with Novel Enterovirus C105
Author: Horner LM, Poulter MD, Brenton JN, Turner RB
Affiliation: University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
Journal: Emerging Infectious Diseases
Citation: Emerg Infect Dis. 2015 Oct. Vol. 21:10. http://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid2110.150759
Publication Year and Month: 2015 10

Abstract: An outbreak of acute flaccid paralysis among children in the United States during summer 2014 was tentatively associated with enterovirus D68 infection. This syndrome in a child in fall 2014 was associated with enterovirus C105 infection. The presence of this virus strain in North America may pose a diagnostic challenge.

Conclusions:

Outcome of Research: Not applicable

Availability of Paper: The full text of this paper has been generously made available by the publisher.

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Category: Acute Flaccid Paralysis

Title: Acute Flaccid paralysis in adults: Our experience
Author: Kaushik R (1), Kharbanda PS (2), Bhalla A (1), Rajan R (2), Prabhakar S (2)
Affiliation: (1) Department of Internal Medicine, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana, India; (2) Department of Neurology, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana, India
Journal: Journal of Emergencies, Trauma, and Shock
Citation: J Emerg Trauma Shock. 2014 Jul-Sep; 7(3): 149–154. doi: 10.4103/0974-2700.136847
Publication Year and Month: 2014 07

Abstract: Acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) is a complex clinical syndrome with a broad array of potential etiologies that vary with age. We present our experience of acute onset lower motor neuron paralysis.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred and thirty-three consecutive adult patients presenting with weakness of duration less than four weeks over 12 months period were enrolled. Detailed history, clinical examination, and relevant investigations according to a pre-defined diagnostic algorithm were carried out. The patients were followed through their hospital stay till discharge or death.

RESULTS: The mean age was 33.27 (range 13-89) years with male preponderance (67.7%). The most common etiology was neuroparalytic snake envenomation (51.9%), followed by Guillain Barre syndrome (33.1%), constituting 85% of all patients. Hypokalemic paralysis (7.5%) and acute intermittent porphyria (4.5%) were the other important conditions. We did not encounter any case of acute poliomylitis in adults. In-hospital mortality due to respiratory paralysis was 9%.

Conclusions: Neuroparalytic snakebite and Guillain Barre syndrome were the most common causes of acute flaccid paralysis in adults in our study.

Outcome of Research: Not applicable

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Category: Acute Flaccid Paralysis

Title: Human Enteroviruses isolated during acute flaccid paralysis surveillance in Ghana: implications for the post eradication era
Author: Odoom JK, Obodai E, Barnor JS, Ashun M, Arthur-Quarm J, Osei-Kwasi M
Affiliation: Department of Virology, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana
Journal: Pan African Medical Journal
Citation: Pan Afr Med J. 2012; 12: 74
Publication Year and Month: 2012 07

Abstract: INTRODUCTION: Surveillance of acute flaccid surveillance (AFP) has been used world-wide to monitor the control and eradication of circulating wild polioviruses. The Polio Laboratory since its accreditation in 1996 has supported the Disease Surveillance Department for AFP surveillance. This study aims to isolate and characterize human enteroviruses from patients with AFP in Ghana.

METHOD: Stool suspension was prepared from 308 samples received in 2009 from the surveillance activities throughout the country and inoculated on both RD and L20B cell lines. Isolates that showed growth on L20B were selected for real-time RT-PCR using degenerate and non-degenerate primers and probes. RD isolates were however characterized by microneutralisation technique with antisera pools from RIVM, The Netherlands and viruses that were untypable subjected to neutralization assay using antibodies specific for E71.

RESULTS: Of the 308 samples processed, 17 (5.5%) grew on both L20B and RD cells while 32 (10.4%) grew on RD only. All 28 isolates from L20B were characterized by rRT-PCR as Sabin-like polioviruses. No wild poliovirus or VDPV was found. However from the microneutralisation assay, six different enteroviruses were characterized. Among these, Coxsackie B viruses were most predominant followed by Echovirus. Three children from whom non-polio enteroviruses were isolated had residual paralysis while one child with VAPP found. The non-polio enteroviruses circulated throughout the country with the majority (20.7%) from Ashanti region.

Conclusions: This study showed the absence of wild or vaccine-derived poliovirus circulation in the country. However, the detection of three non-polio enteroviruses and one Sabin-like poliovirus with residual paralysis call for continuous surveillance even in the post polio eradication era.

Outcome of Research: Not applicable

Availability of Paper: The full text of this paper has been generously made available by the publisher.

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There are currently 4 papers in this category.

Category: Acute Flaccid Paralysis

Title: Acute Flaccid Paralysis Associated with Novel Enterovirus C105
Author: Horner LM, Poulter MD, Brenton JN, Turner RB
Affiliation: University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
Journal: Emerging Infectious Diseases
Citation: Emerg Infect Dis. 2015 Oct. Vol. 21:10. http://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid2110.150759
Publication Year and Month: 2015 10

Abstract: An outbreak of acute flaccid paralysis among children in the United States during summer 2014 was tentatively associated with enterovirus D68 infection. This syndrome in a child in fall 2014 was associated with enterovirus C105 infection. The presence of this virus strain in North America may pose a diagnostic challenge.

Conclusions:

Outcome of Research: Not applicable

Availability of Paper: The full text of this paper has been generously made available by the publisher.

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Category: Acute Flaccid Paralysis

Title: Acute Flaccid paralysis in adults: Our experience
Author: Kaushik R (1), Kharbanda PS (2), Bhalla A (1), Rajan R (2), Prabhakar S (2)
Affiliation: (1) Department of Internal Medicine, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana, India; (2) Department of Neurology, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana, India
Journal: Journal of Emergencies, Trauma, and Shock
Citation: J Emerg Trauma Shock. 2014 Jul-Sep; 7(3): 149–154. doi: 10.4103/0974-2700.136847
Publication Year and Month: 2014 07

Abstract: Acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) is a complex clinical syndrome with a broad array of potential etiologies that vary with age. We present our experience of acute onset lower motor neuron paralysis.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred and thirty-three consecutive adult patients presenting with weakness of duration less than four weeks over 12 months period were enrolled. Detailed history, clinical examination, and relevant investigations according to a pre-defined diagnostic algorithm were carried out. The patients were followed through their hospital stay till discharge or death.

RESULTS: The mean age was 33.27 (range 13-89) years with male preponderance (67.7%). The most common etiology was neuroparalytic snake envenomation (51.9%), followed by Guillain Barre syndrome (33.1%), constituting 85% of all patients. Hypokalemic paralysis (7.5%) and acute intermittent porphyria (4.5%) were the other important conditions. We did not encounter any case of acute poliomylitis in adults. In-hospital mortality due to respiratory paralysis was 9%.

Conclusions: Neuroparalytic snakebite and Guillain Barre syndrome were the most common causes of acute flaccid paralysis in adults in our study.

Outcome of Research: Not applicable

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Category: Acute Flaccid Paralysis

Title: Potential for the Australian and New Zealand paediatric intensive care registry to enhance acute flaccid paralysis surveillance in Australia: a data-linkage study
Author: Hobday LK (1), Thorley BR (1), Alexander J (2), Aitken T (1), Massey PD (3,4), Cretikos M (5,6), Slater A (2,7), Durrheim DN (3,8)
Affiliation: (1) National Enterovirus Reference Laboratory, Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory, North Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; (2) Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society, Herston, Queensland, Australia; (3) Hunter New England Population Health, Wallsend, NSW, Australia; (4) School of Health, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia; (5) School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Darlington, NSW, Australia; (6) Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence, NSW Ministry of Health, Sydney, NSW, Australia; (7) Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Royal Children’s Hospital, Herston, Queensland, Australia; (8) Hunter Medical Research Institute, New Lambton, NSW, Australia
Journal: BioMed Central Infectious Diseases
Citation: BMC Infect Dis. 2013 Aug 21;13:384. doi: 10.1186/1471-2334-13-384.
Publication Year and Month: 2013 08

Abstract: BACKGROUND: Australia uses acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance to monitor its polio-free status. The World Health Organization criterion for a sensitive AFP surveillance system is the annual detection of at least one non-polio AFP case per 100,000 children aged less than 15 years, a target Australia has not consistently achieved. Children exhibiting AFP are likely to be hospitalised and may be admitted to an intensive care unit. This provides a potential opportunity for active AFP surveillance.

METHODS: A data-linkage study for the period from 1 January 2005 to 31 December 2008 compared 165 non-polio AFP cases classified by the Polio Expert Panel with 880 acute neurological presentations potentially compatible with AFP documented in the Australian and New Zealand Paediatric Intensive Care (ANZPIC) Registry.

RESULTS: Forty-two (25%) AFP cases classified by the Polio Expert Panel were matched to case records in the ANZPIC Registry. Of these, nineteen (45%) cases were classified as Guillain-Barré syndrome on both registries. Ten additional Guillain-Barré syndrome cases recorded in the ANZPIC Registry were not notified to the national AFP surveillance system.

Conclusions: The identification of a further ten AFP cases supports inclusion of intensive care units in national AFP surveillance, particularly specialist paediatric intensive care units, to identify AFP cases that may not otherwise be reported to the national surveillance system.

Outcome of Research: Not applicable

Availability of Paper: The full text of this paper has been generously made available by the publisher.

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Category: Acute Flaccid Paralysis

Title: Human Enteroviruses isolated during acute flaccid paralysis surveillance in Ghana: implications for the post eradication era
Author: Odoom JK, Obodai E, Barnor JS, Ashun M, Arthur-Quarm J, Osei-Kwasi M
Affiliation: Department of Virology, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana
Journal: Pan African Medical Journal
Citation: Pan Afr Med J. 2012; 12: 74
Publication Year and Month: 2012 07

Abstract: INTRODUCTION: Surveillance of acute flaccid surveillance (AFP) has been used world-wide to monitor the control and eradication of circulating wild polioviruses. The Polio Laboratory since its accreditation in 1996 has supported the Disease Surveillance Department for AFP surveillance. This study aims to isolate and characterize human enteroviruses from patients with AFP in Ghana.

METHOD: Stool suspension was prepared from 308 samples received in 2009 from the surveillance activities throughout the country and inoculated on both RD and L20B cell lines. Isolates that showed growth on L20B were selected for real-time RT-PCR using degenerate and non-degenerate primers and probes. RD isolates were however characterized by microneutralisation technique with antisera pools from RIVM, The Netherlands and viruses that were untypable subjected to neutralization assay using antibodies specific for E71.

RESULTS: Of the 308 samples processed, 17 (5.5%) grew on both L20B and RD cells while 32 (10.4%) grew on RD only. All 28 isolates from L20B were characterized by rRT-PCR as Sabin-like polioviruses. No wild poliovirus or VDPV was found. However from the microneutralisation assay, six different enteroviruses were characterized. Among these, Coxsackie B viruses were most predominant followed by Echovirus. Three children from whom non-polio enteroviruses were isolated had residual paralysis while one child with VAPP found. The non-polio enteroviruses circulated throughout the country with the majority (20.7%) from Ashanti region.

Conclusions: This study showed the absence of wild or vaccine-derived poliovirus circulation in the country. However, the detection of three non-polio enteroviruses and one Sabin-like poliovirus with residual paralysis call for continuous surveillance even in the post polio eradication era.

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