Epidemic polyarthritis in northeastern Australia, 1978-1979

Med J Aust. 1981 Jul 11;2(1):17-9.


In a study of epidemic polyarthritis in central and northern Queensland, clinical disease was observed most frequently in urban-dwelling adult females. Clinical and subclinical infections were detected year round, although the majority of clinical infections occurred between the months of January and June. In the communities studied, there were approximately 50 subclinical infections for each clinical infection. There was no detectable association between any HLA-A or HLA-B phenotypes and epidemic polyarthritis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Antibodies, Viral / analysis
  • Arthritis / epidemiology*
  • Arthritis / immunology
  • Australia
  • Disease Outbreaks*
  • Female
  • HLA Antigens / analysis
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Ross River virus / immunology
  • Seasons
  • Urban Population


  • Antibodies, Viral
  • HLA Antigens