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New microbial spectrum of epidemic keratoconjunctivitis: clinical and laboratory aspects of an outbreak
  1. S Das1,
  2. S Sharma2,
  3. S K Sahu1,
  4. S S Nayak1,
  5. S Kar2
  1. 1
    Cornea and Anterior Segment Service, Brien A Holden Eye Research Centre, Hyderabad Eye Research Foundation, L V Prasad Eye Institute, Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India
  2. 2
    Ocular Microbiology Service, Brien A Holden Eye Research Centre, Hyderabad Eye Research Foundation, L V Prasad Eye Institute, Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India
  1. S Sharma, L V Prasad Eye Institute, Patia, Bhubaneswar, Orissa 751024, India; savitri{at}bei-lvpei.org

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Red eye syndrome, commonly referred to as epidemic keratoconjunctivitis (EKC), occurs worldwide, affects a large number of individuals, is infectious, is often seasonal and is invariably considered to have a viral aetiology (adenovirus, enterovirus).1 2 The diagnosis is mostly clinical, and laboratory investigations are rarely undertaken, owing to the self-limiting nature of the disease. Causes other than viral have never been considered. This communication describes a seasonal outbreak of EKC that clinically mimicked viral EKC but was proven through laboratory investigations to be microsporidial infection of the cornea. Corneal scrapings were examined in all cases by recommended procedures.3 Typical microsporidial spores were demonstrated …

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