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Volume 16, Number 3—March 2010

Dispatch

Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis and 2 Human Deaths, Peru

Stalin Vilcarromero, Patricia V. Aguilar, Eric S. Halsey, Alberto Laguna-Torres, Hugo Razuri, Juan Perez, Yadira Valderrama, Eduardo Gotuzzo, Luis Suárez, Manuel Céspedes, and Tadeusz J. KochelComments to Author 
Author affiliations: Naval Medical Research Center Detachment, Lima, Peru (S. Vilcarromero, P.V. Aguilar, E.S. Halsey, V.A. Laguna-Torres, H. Razuri, J. Perez, T.J. Kochel); Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima (S. Vilcarromero, E. Gotuzzo); Hospital de Apoyo Yurimaguas, Loreto, Peru (Y. Valderrama); Dirección General de Epidemiología, Lima (L. Suárez); Instituto Nacional de Salud, Lima (M. Céspedes)

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Table 1

Laboratory test results for 2 patients infected with Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus, Peru*

Testing Patient no. 1 Patient no. 2 Reference range
Date blood collected 2006 Jun 20 2005 Feb 28 2005 Mar 1
Hematocrit, % 36 36 22 38–44
Thromocytes, cells/mm3
233,000

143,750
NM
150,000–450,000
Leukocytes
Total, cells/mm3 21,450 3,900 NM 4,500–10,000
Bands, % 7 4 NM 3–5
Segmented cells, % 84 72 NM 55–65
Eosinophils, % 0 0 NM 0.5–4.0
Monocytes, % 0 14 NM 3–8
Lymphocytes, %
9

10
NM
25–35
ESR, mm/h 41 NM NM 1–15
Creatinine, mg/dL 2.1 9.1 8.8 0.8–1.4
Urea, mg/dL 115 206 238 20–45

*NM, not measured; ESR, erythrocyte sedimentation rate.

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