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Adenovirus 14 On Prince of Wales Island Alaska
October 7, 2008
are that the virus is responsible for causing pneumonia in at least 32
people on the island and sickening an untold number of others who did
not go to a clinic seeking medical treatment, she said.
Seven of the 32 cases were
severe enough to warrant medevacs to hospitals in surrounding
communities, including one patient who was taken to Alaska Native
Medical Center in Anchorage to be put on a ventilator. One woman died,
After a physician reported
Sept. 22 that an unusual number of people were falling ill, the
division sent a team to the island to pore over medical records, Funk
said. Scientists at the state virology laboratory in Fairbanks and at
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta collected
specimens and conducted tests to determine the cause of the outbreak,
Funk said. The CDC identified adenovirus in six of 13 samples sent to
The above comments indicate the respiratory
illness on Prince of Wales Island is due to an outbreak of
Adenovirus 14 (Ad14). This virus has caused recent fatal outbreaks
and has been a cause for concern.
On Prince of
Wales Island, the number of pneumonia cases is cause for concern, as is
an unconfirmed report of cases in Wrangell, located on
another island which is northeast of Prince of Wales.
More information on these cases would be useful.
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