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Symptoms and Signs of Adenovirus

Doctor's Notes on Adenovirus

Adenoviruses can cause a wide range of infectious problems. The viruses can infect humans of any age. Signs and symptoms of Adenovirus infections may include the common cold, sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, diarrhea, conjunctivitis, fever, inflammation the stomach and intestines, bladder inflammation and neurological disease. Although many infections are mild, some may have severe infections. Individuals with weakened immune systems, respiratory or cardiac disease are at an increased risk for more severe infections.

The cause of Adenovirus infections is usually person-to-person through close personal contact (touch, shaking hands), coughing, sneezing, diaper changing and touching items that have been used by an infected person. The virus has occasionally been documented to spread in water such as swimming pools.

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Medically Reviewed on 3/11/2019


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