What is adenovirus serotype 14 (AD14) infection?

Updated: Apr 15, 2021
  • Author: Sandra G Gompf, MD, FACP, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Adenovirus serotype 14, referred to as the "super cold" in the media, has caused rare outbreaks of ARD since 1955. Between May 2006 and June 2007, 141 cases of Ad14 infection were reported in clusters in New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. Almost 40% of affected persons were hospitalized, almost half in intensive care, with a 5% overall mortality rate. The cases in Texas involved military trainees at Lackland Air Force Base, and subsequent cases were reported at Lackland, three other Texas military bases, and one eye culture in a civilian unassociated with the military.

Adenovirus is one of the commonest pathogens isolated from children with pertussis-like syndrome (or whooping cough syndrome) in the presence or absence of Bordetella pertussis infection. [16, 17, 18]


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