Thursday, November 15, 2007

Adenovirus 14 emergence in the US

Adenovirus serotype 14 (Ad14) can cause deadly respiratory illness. There has been a jump in the number of cases of Ad14 in the States recently with 140 cases happening between March and June of this year (fyi: the virus had a 5% mortality). This strain was genetically different from a strain that circulated in 1955, suggesting it is an emerging pathogen. There is currently no evidence to believe the cases were spread by direct transmission.


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