Medical Practice

Outbreak in Bristol of Conjunctivitis Caused by Adenovirus Type 8, and its Epidemiology and Control

Br Med J 1973; 2 doi: (Published 21 April 1973) Cite this as: Br Med J 1973;2:165
  1. D. L. Barnard,
  2. J. C. Dean Hart,
  3. V. J. Marmion,
  4. S. K. R. Clarke


    In an investigation of an outbreak of adenovirus type 8 infection involving over 40 people it was found that the infection spread initially within the eye hospital, but subsequently involved several family contacts and two local hospitals for mentally subnormal patients. Presumptive diagnosis should be possible before subepithelial opacities have developed provided an adequate history is taken, and had that been done in this outbreak it is reasonable to suppose that many cases could have been prevented.

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