Adenovirus Took The Life Of An 18-Year-Old Student. What Is This Disease And Its Dangers?

Lifestyle & Health

December 4, 2018 13:11 By Fabiosa

Most of us already associate cold seasons with colds and viruses. We often disregard symptoms common for such diseases and have no idea which complications they can be followed by, given certain conditions and states.

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Olivia Paregol, a freshman at the University of Maryland, College Park, was just 18 years old when she died due to complications caused by adenovirus. According to the resource, a short time after she had fallen ill, the girl was diagnosed with lung inflammation.

A few days later she was transferred to the intensive care unit. When the doctors found out that there were cases of adenovirus infection recorded in the university campus, it was already too late.

Olivia's case is not just one instance. Over the last few weeks in New-Jersey alone, 11 kids lost their lives to adenovirus. Due to the fact that it disguises itself as common diseases, such as tonsillitis – like in the case of the boy who died from complications of this disease a few years ago – sometimes doctors can't even detect what is really hiding behind the patient's recrudescence.

There are approximately 50 strains of this disease. In most cases, the infected people recover; however, people with low immunity may face complications. Olivia's suffered from Crohn's disease and, therefore, she was taking immunosuppressive drugs. It was one of the factors that caused pneumonia.

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Adenovirus is transferred through water (including swimming pools and saunas), airborne transmission, and tactile contact with infected objects. Along with this, it can be activated on its own due to low immunity, given that one of the strains is chronically present in lymphoid tissue.

Different types of adenovirus may lead to a common cold, bronchitis, croup, ear, eye infection, gastrointestinal infection, and UTI (urinary tract inflammation).

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Symptoms

  • sore throat and throat irritation;
  • headache;
  • discomfort in the navel area, occasional diarrhea, and vomiting;
  • stuffed nose, runny nose;
  • cough;
  • conjunctivitis;
  • fever;
  • sleep disorders;
  • overall weakness;
  • fatigue;
  • swelling of the mucous membranes;
  • skin blanching;
  • eye watering;
  • decreased appetite;
  • lymphadenectasis (swollen lymph nodes).

If a person has an overall healthy body, adenovirus might pass on its own in a matter of a few days. In most cases, the supervising doctor prescribes antiviral drugs; sometimes a hospital admission is required. General recommendations for relieving the state of the infected individual include increased fluid intake and air humidification in the room.

In order to minimize the risk of infection, it's crucial to wash your hands frequently and thoroughly during the day, especially before meals, after using public transport, and after contact with other people. Keep the sanitaryware and all surfaces in the house clean – at least the ones you often get into contact with, such as benchtops, door handles, mobile devices, and computer keyboards.

Olivia was the youngest of the three children in the family. If the doctors had discovered that there were other cases of adenovirus infection on the campus, it's very likely that the girl could've been saved. If you have any suspicions, please, do insist on additional examination by the supervising doctor.

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