Recovery of Viruses in Chronic CNS Disease

Bruce Mccullough, Steven Krakowka, Richard T. Johnson

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To the Editor: We are writing to clarify a conclusion made by Weiner, Johnson and Herndon in their article, “Viral Infections and Demyelinating Disease” (288:1103–1110, 1973). Specifically, they conclude that canine distemper is different from postinfectious encephalomyelitis and SSPE, because “virus is readily isolated from the brain even in [dogs with] chronic Central-nervous-system disease.”” They cite the work of Lincoln et al. (Pathol Vet 8:1–8, 1971), but these workers clearly stated on page 6 of their report that the disease was not transmitted to dogs or ferrets and viruses were not isolated in vitro. We wish to make this clarification ….

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)325-326
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 9 1973

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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