A rapidly progressive, fatal pneumonia occurred during the third week of hospitalization in an immunosuppressed man confined in a laminar airflow room. Respiratory syncytial virus was isolated from open lung biopsy tissue. Epidemiologic data suggested that the virus was community acquired. Respiratory syncytial virus should be considered in the differential diagnosis of pneumonia in severely immunocompromised adults.
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