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West Nile encephalitis

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 29 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1173

We always try to spell out abbreviations in the BMJ. However, in the “Virus detection” box in figure 3 in this clinical review by Tom Solomon and colleagues (19 April, pp 865-9) some confusion arose with the abbreviation RT PCR. This was spelt out both times as “real time PCR [polymerase chain reaction].” The first time was indeed correct, but the second should read: “Reverse transcriptase PCR.”