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What You Need to Know About Adenoviruses from the CDC
Peter J. Fine Health Center 312
What are Adenoviruses?
Adenoviruses are common viruses that cause a range of illnesses. They can cause cold-like symptoms, sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, diarrhea, and pink eye (conjunctivitis). You can get an adenovirus infection at any age. People with weakened immune systems or existing respiratory or cardiac disease are more like than others to get very sick from an adenovirus infection.
What Type of Illnesses Can Be Caused by Adenoviruses?
Adenoviruses can cause the following:
Adenoviruses can cause mild to severe illness, though serious illness is less common. People with weakened immune systems, or existing respiratory or cardiac disease, are at higher risk of developing severe illness from infection.
How are Adenoviruses Transmitted?
Adenoviruses are usually spread from an infected person to others through
Some adenoviruses can spread through an infected person’s stool, for example, during diaper changing. Adenovirus can also spread through the water, such as swimming pools, but this is less common.
Sometimes the virus can be shed (released from the body) for a long time after a person recovers from an adenovirus infection, especially among people who have weakened immune systems. This “virus shedding” usually occurs without symptoms, even though the person can still spread adenovirus to other people.
What can you do to prevent getting an adenovirus?
FOLLOW SIMPLE STEPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS
If you’re sick you can help protect others:
There is currently no adenovirus vaccine available to the general public. However, an adenovirus vaccine for types 4 and 7 are only available to the U.S. military since they may be at a higher risk for infection from these two adenovirus types.
Is there any treatment for adenoviruses?
There is no specific treatment for people with adenovirus infection. Most adenovirus infections are mild and may require only care to help relieve symptoms
For more information on adenoviruses go to the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/adenovirus/about/index.html
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