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Detection of skunk adenovirus 1 (SkAdV-1) in an African pigmy hedgehog (Atelerix albiventris)
  1. Hiroo Madarame1,
  2. Kikumi Ogihara2,
  3. Hideharu Ochiai3,
  4. Tsutomu Omatsu4 and
  5. Tetsuya Mizutani4
  1. 1Azabu Daigaku, Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Sagamihara, Kanagawa, Japan
  2. 2Azabu Daigaku Seimei Kankyo Kagakubu, Sagamihara, Kanagawa, Japan
  3. 3Azabu Daigaku, Research Institute of Biosciences, Sagamihara, Kanagawa, Japan,
  4. 4Tokyo Noko Daigaku, Research and Education Center for Prevention of Global Infectious Diseases of Animals, Fuchu, Tokyo, Japan
  1. Correspondence to Dr Hiroo Madarame, madarame{at}


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.

  • Infectious diseases
  • Pathology
  • PCR
  • Pets
  • Respiratory disease
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