Volume 77, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


We surveyed 236 potentially pathogenic strains, isolated from water sources in the Canary Islands, for the presence of human adenoviruses (HAdV) using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based typing assay. A total of 34 of these strains were found to be positive for adenovirus belonging to four different HAdV serotypes (HAdV-1, 2, 8, and 37). We found that HAdV-2 was the most frequently encountered serotype amongst the strains, and their identification was confirmed by a nested PCR specific for this serotype. We showed that genotype T4 was highly associated with serotype HAdV-2, whereas genotype T3 was most often associated with adenovirus serotypes related to ocular diseases. Based on these data, we suggest that should be considered as a potential reservoir and perhaps even a transmitter of adenoviruses to human and other secondary hosts.


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  • Received : 04 Apr 2007
  • Accepted : 08 May 2007

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