Symptoms and Signs of Adenovirus

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Medically Reviewed on 4/22/2022

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

Although many infections are mild, some may have severe infections. Individuals with weakened immune systems or 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.

What Are the Treatments for Adenovirus Infections?

Most adenovirus infections are mild and symptoms may be treated by over-the-counter fever and/or pain-reducing medicines (you need to read the instructions and/or precautions). Prevention is the key. Using good hand-washing techniques and avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth helps along with avoiding those who are sick. There are no approved antivirals or vaccines for the public to use. However, there is a vaccine against adenoviruses types 4 and 7 that may be available to military personnel serving in endemic regions, but this vaccine is not approved for non-military use.

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