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IMMUNOLOGIC STUDY ON RESPIRATORY VIRUSES ISOLATED IN ALASKA
ARCTIC AEROMEDICAL LAB FORT WAINWRIGHT ALASKA
An immunological analysis of blood sera and viral isolation attempts in embryonated eggs and cell cultures was examined. In addition, clinical and epidemiological data were collected and correlated with the laboratory findings. Vaccination was shown to be most effective when a period of 3 to 6 months had elapsed between the time of immunization and exposure to infection. Adenovirus infections were found in 19 percent of the personnel in 1957-58, and 8 percent in 1958-59. Virus isolates yielded virus detectable by means of hemagglutination tests and cytopathogenic effects in tissue culture. From a consideration of their behavior and from those characteristics which could be established, it is suggested that the isolates were members of the parainfluenza or respiratory syncytial group. Author