Skunk adenovirus 1 (SkAdV-1) was detected in an African pigmy hedgehog (Atelerix albiventris) that died following congestive heart failure. Incidental segmental desquamative tracheitis with nuclear inclusions was observed, and SkAdV-1 was suspected as a possible causative agent of respiratory tract infection. As far as the authors are concerned, adenovirus infection has not yet been reported in hedgehogs and SkAdV-1 has been not identified in any species other than skunks (Mephitis mephitis). SkAdV-1 should be monitored closely as a potential cause of emerging and cross-species infections.
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