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Clinical Features of Epidemic St. Louis Encephalitis.

Paul M. Southern Jr., M.D.; James W. Smith, M.D.; Jack A. Barnett, M.D.; James P. Luby, M.D.; and Jay P. Sanford, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Ann Intern Med. 1967;66(5):1049. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-66-5-1049_1
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Epidemic St. Louis Encephalitis (SLE), which occurred in Dallas in late summer 1966, afforded the opportunity for sequential prospective clinical studies. Concurrently, patients having central nervous disease with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) pleocytosis not due to SLE were evaluated in an effort to elicit contrasting clinical features.

Ninety-one patients with laboratory-confirmed SLE form the basis of this report. The mortality rate was 15%. The median age was 53 years, with a range of 16 months to 87 years. There was no sex or race predominance. One third had a significant underlying disease. Clinical features included fever (99%), an altered sensorium, and


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