Friday, October 12, 2007

Potentially deadly pneumonia linked to adenovirus in Oregon

Dear friends,

PROMed tells me there is a potentially deadly form of community aquired pneumonia linked to adenovirus type 14 running around Oregon. This type of viral pneumonia was first encountered in 2005 in the Pacific Northwest and leads to a 20% fatality rate.

Six months of actualy surveillance has revealed that the number of cases increases between January through April, and almost all the cases involved adenovirus 14. This serotype was first identified more than 50 years ago but has rarely been detected since then and never in association with outbreaks!


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