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Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University has recently set up its routine laboratory survice for the diagnosis of herpes simplex virus (HSV) and other viruses associated with respiratory diseases. During the initial period from August 1989 to September 1990, specimens from 70 patients admitted at Srinagarind Hospital were requested to be investigated. Among these, 28 were suspected of HSV and 42 were associated with respiratory tract infection. HSV was isolated and identified in 35.7% of the former group. Of the latter with respiratory tract infection, enterovirus, adenovirus, HSV, respiratory syncytial virus and parainfluenza virus type 3 were found to be the cause in 7.1, 7.1, 7.1, 2.4 and 2.4% respectively.
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