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Volume 16, Number 2—February 2010

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Hendra Virus Outbreak with Novel Clinical Features, Australia

Hume E. FieldComments to Author , Kylie Schaaf, Nina Kung, Craig Simon, David Waltisbuhl, Heather Hobert, Frederick Moore, Deborah Middleton, Allison Crook, Greg Smith, Peter Daniels, Ron Glanville, and David Lovell
Author affiliations: Biosecurity Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (H. Field, N. Kung, D. Waltisbuhl, A. Crook, R. Glanville); Redlands Veterinary Clinic, Brisbane (K. Schaaf, C. Simon, H. Hobert, D. Lovell); Queensland Health, Brisbane (F. Moore, G. Smith); Australian Animal Health Laboratory, Geelong, Victoria, Australia (D. Middleton, P. Daniels)

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Clinical laboratory and gross necropsy findings for confirmed equine cases of Hendra virus infection, Australia, 2008*

Case-patient no. Hematologic/biochemical Gross necropsy findings
1 Marked polycythemia, leukopenia, hyperkalemia, and hypochloremia; elevated levels of creatinine, bilirubin, globulins, and creatinine phosphokinase Xanthochromic CSF
2† Elevated bilirubin
3 Elevated levels of globulins, creatinine phosphokinase, and fibrinogen; decreased bicarbonate Xanthochromic CSF
4 NT NT
5 NT Unremarkable

*CSF, cerebrospinal fluid; NT, not tested.
†Case-patient 2 recovered but was euthanized.

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