Fatal bronchopneumonia caused by skunk adenovirus 1 in an African pygmy hedgehog.

Needle, David B; Selig, Martin K; Jackson, Kenneth A; Delwart, Eric; Tighe, Ellyn; Leib, Stephen L.; Seuberlich, Torsten; Pesavento, Patricia A (2019). Fatal bronchopneumonia caused by skunk adenovirus 1 in an African pygmy hedgehog. Journal of veterinary diagnostic investigation, 31(1), pp. 103-106. American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians AAVLD 10.1177/1040638718812123

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Eleven adult African pygmy hedgehogs ( Atelerix albiventris) were added to a group of 35 animals, and within 10 d, respiratory distress affected 8 of 35 resident animals in the group, but none of the introduced animals. Three animals died following onset of clinical signs. Tissues from one animal were collected and submitted for histopathology, which revealed acute necrotizing bronchopneumonia and tracheitis with intraepithelial intranuclear inclusion bodies. Electron microscopy identified 75-90 nm diameter encapsulated icosahedral virions. Degenerate nested PCR analysis identified adenovirus within the affected lung tissue. Deep sequencing showed 100% homology to skunk adenovirus 1 (SkAdV-1). Adenoviruses are usually species-adapted and -specific, but our case supports the single previous report of non-skunk infection with SkAdV-1, indicating that this virus can infect other species, and further shows that it can cause fatal disease.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Research and Veterinary Public Health (DCR-VPH) > Experimental Clinical Research
04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute for Infectious Diseases

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Leib, Stephen and Seuberlich, Torsten


500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians AAVLD




Stephen Leib

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04 Dec 2018 11:52

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02 Nov 2019 22:54

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Adenoviridae African pygmy hedgehogs Atelerix albiventris PCR bronchopneumonia, lung skunk adenovirus 1 transmission electron microscopy





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