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Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology
Volume 22, Issue 1, Pages e4-e6
Case Report

Province-wide Adenovirus Type 3 Outbreak with Severe Cases in New Brunswick

Gabriel Girouard,1 Richard Garceau,1 Louise Thibault,1 Christine Bourque,2 Nathalie Bastien,3 and Yan Li3

1Département de microbiologie et des maladies infectieuses, Centre hospitalier universitaire Dr-Georges-L-Dumont, Moncton, Nouveau-Brunswick, Canada
2Département de microbiologie et d’infectiologie, Faculté de médecine et des sciences de la santé, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada
3Laboratoire national de microbiologie, Agence de la santé publique du Canada, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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Adenovirus is a commonly isolated virus in clinical samples. Life-threatening infections, although rare, are described worldwide. An epidemic spread of an adenovirus type 3 strain occurred in the province of New Brunswick during the fall of 2008 to the winter of 2009; it resulted in three severely ill patients, with one fatality. Adenovirus should be considered as a cause of severe community-acquired viral pneumonia, especially when the influenza test is negative.