Volume 19, Number 9—September 2013
Underreporting of Viral Encephalitis and Viral Meningitis, Ireland, 2005–2008
|Rate or proportion||Year of discharge/laboratory confirmation
||Average annual rate or proportion|
|Hospitalization rate for all patients with lumbar puncture†
|VE patient hospitalization rate||2.45||2.26||2.55||2.71||2.49|
|Hospitalization rate among VE patients with lumbar puncture||1.18||1.18||1.44||1.44||1.31|
|% VE hospitalizations with lumbar puncture
|VM patient hospitalization rate||6.18||10.05||5.17||6.13||6.88|
|Hospitalization rate among VM patients with lumbar puncture||4.34||7.38||3.89||4.74||5.09|
|% VM hospitalizations with lumbar puncture
|CSF collection rate of samples sent for virologic testing
|Laboratory CSF confirmation rate of VE||0.50||0.42||0.42||0.71||0.51|
|% Laboratory confirmed CSF for VE
|Laboratory CSF confirmation rate of VM||0.28||2.83||1.11||2.24||1.62|
|Laboratory confirmed CSF for VM, %
|Laboratory CSF confirmation rate of VE or VM||0.78||3.25||1.53||2.95||2.13|
|% Laboratory confirmed CSF for VE or VM||2.48||7.98||3.69||7.10||5.56|
*VE, viral encephalitis; VM, viral meningitis; CSF, cerebrospinal fluid.
†All hospitalized patients who underwent lumbar puncture for any reason, diagnostic or therapeutic.
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