First epidemic of echovirus 16 meningitis in Cuba.
From April to September 2000, an epidemic of aseptic meningitis spread throughout Cuba, with 16,943 reported cases. Virologic studies identified echovirus 16 as the cause of this epidemic. This is the first reported isolate of echovirus 16 from patients with viral meningitis in Cuba.
AdolescentAdultAge DistributionCerebrospinal FluidChildChild, PreschoolCubaDisease OutbreaksEchovirus InfectionsEnterovirus B, HumanFecesHumansIncidenceInfantMeningitis, AsepticMeningitis, ViralMiddle AgedRNA, ViralReverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction