Sudden infant death due to dengue virus infection is very rare. An 8-month-old male infant was found unresponsive during a nap in his nursery school. We emphasize the usefulness of dengue viral antigens as a postmortem diagnostic technique to demonstrate the presence of virus in human tissue specimens by immunohistochemistry and Western blotting.
From the *Department of Forensic Pathology, University of Foggia, Ospedale Colonnello D’Avanzo, Foggia, Italy; and †Forensic Department, Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Accepted for publication April 21, 2012.
The authors have no conflicts of interest or funding to disclose.
Address for Correspondence: Vittorio Fineschi, MD, PhD, Department of Forensic Pathology, University of Foggia, Ospedale Colonnello D’Avanzo, Viale degli Aviatori 1, 71100 Foggia, Italy. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.