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First Adenovirus to Jump Between Monkeys and Humans Confirmed

A novel virus that spread through a California monkey colony in late 2009 also infected a human researcher and a family member, UCSF researchers have found, the first known example of an adenovirus "jumping" from one species to another and remaining contagious after the jump.

In a study by the UCSF Viral Diagnostics and Discovery Center, which identified the new virus at the time of the outbreak, researchers confirmed it was the same virus in the New World titi monkeys and the two humans. They also confirmed that the virus is highly unusual in both populations, suggesting that it may have originated from a third, unidentified species.

The direction in which the virus spread, however -- from monkeys to humans or vice versa -- remains a mystery.

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Findings appear in the July 14 issue of PLoS Pathogens, a weekly journal of the Public Library of Science. "Cross-Species Transmission of a Novel Adenovirus Associated with a Fulminant Pneumonia Outbreak in a New World Monkey Colony" (http://www.plospathogens.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.ppat.1002155)


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