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Open Forum Infect Dis. 2017 Jul 22;4(3):ofx150. doi: 10.1093/ofid/ofx150. eCollection 2017 Summer.

Snowshoe Hare Virus Causing Meningoencephalitis in a Young Adult From Northern Manitoba, Canada.

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Department of Internal Medicine.
Section of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, and.
Departments of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases and Immunology, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg,Canada.
Cadham Provincial Public Health Laboratory, Winnipeg,Canada.


We describe a dramatic presentation of meningoencephalitis, in a young Aboriginal male from Northern Manitoba, due to infection with the Snowshoe hare virus, a member of the California serogroup viruses. Snowshoe hare virus represents a rare cause of meningoencephalitis, and, to date, few Canadian cases have been described in the literature.


California serogroup virus; Snowshoe hare virus; arbovirus; meningoencephalitis

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