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December 1979

A New Intermediate Adenovirus Type Causing Conjunctivitis

Author Affiliations

From the Laboratory of Virology, Public Health Service of Rotterdam (Dr Schaap), the Laboratory of Virology, Rijks Instituut voor de Volksgezondheid in Bilthoven (Dr de Jong), the Koninklijk Nederlands Gasthuis voor Ooglijders, University of Utrecht (Dr van Bijsterveld), and the Eye Hospital, University of Rotterdam (Dr Beekhuis), The Netherlands.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1979;97(12):2336-2338. doi:10.1001/archopht.1979.01020020552010

• A new adenovirus of intermediate type involved in conjunctivitis has been isolated. The virus is related to adenovirus types 13 and 30 by neutralization and to types 10 and 19 by hemagglutination inhibition. Since 1976 the agent has been causing sporadic cases of conjunctivitis in different parts of The Netherlands. Twenty-three cases have been established by virus isolation from the affected eyes. The symptoms of the disease range from epidemic keratoconjunctivitis to pharyngoconjunctival fever. Also, adenovirus type 13-30/10-19 has been isolated from the cervix uteri of four women in a series of 1,477 women with cervicitis.