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Outbreak of Adenovirus Type 4 Infection in a Long-Term Care Facility for the Elderly

  • Ruth Kandel (a1) (a2), Arjun Srinivasan (a3), Erika M. C. D'Agata (a2), Xiaoyan Lu (a3), Dean Erdman (a3) and Michael Jhung (a3)...
Abstract

An outbreak of acute respiratory disease due to human adenovirus and a resulting increase in mortality occurred in a long-term care facility for the elderly. By use of viral culture and polymerase chain reaction, not a rapid antigen test, the virus was detected. Human adenovirus infection can occur in elderly individuals, but detection by rapid antigen testing may be limited.

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Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, 1200 Centre Street, Boston, MA 02131 (kandel@hrca.harvard.edu)
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Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
  • ISSN: 0899-823X
  • EISSN: 1559-6834
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