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Revista chilena de infectología

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ROMERO C, Pablo; VOGEL G, Marlene; SOLANES, Federica  and  LUCHSINGER F, Vivian. Adenovirus keratoconjunctivitis acquired in an ophtalmology clinic. Rev. chil. infectol. [online]. 2010, vol.27, n.2, pp.148-152. ISSN 0716-1018.

Introduction: Eye infection is a common cause of ophtalmologic consultation. Adenovirus keratoconjunctivitis outbreaks are common worldwide but its impact and clinical characteristic in Chilean population is unkown. Objective: To describe a series of adenovirus keratoconjunctivitis cases. Patients and Method: The Índex case and contacts received medical care in the Hospital Clínico Universidad de Chile between April and August 2006. A complete ophthalmologic exam and microbiologic evaluation was performed. Results: Nine patients presented a pattern of characteristic epidemic keratoconjunctivitis. In x cases sub-corneal epithelial infiltrates were observed for a period of more than six months. Three affected patients were ophtalmologists, staff at the Hospital. In seven patients ADV was isolated all bellonging to type D genus. Conclusions: Adenovirus type D caused epidemic keratoconjunctivitis in a series of Chilean individuals. Ophthalmologist may have transmitted the virus to patients.

Keywords : Epidemic keratoconjunctivitis; adenovirus.

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