A freshman in Maryland has died after collecting the same strain of adenovirus that killed 11 children in a health…
The student, identified as 18-year-old Olivia Paregol of her father, died after contracting adenovirus 7, according to WJLA. The school confirmed in a statement that a student died of the virus, but refused to let go of his name.
The virus is associated with symptoms such as respiratory problems or conjunctivitis, according to CDC.
“She definitely became sicker and more ill,” told Ian Paregol, her father, WJLA. “It’s the worst nightmare a family or a parent may need to endure.”
Adenovirus 7 is the same disease that killed 1
1 children and infected 34 others at a medical facility in New Jersey in October. The disease is part of a group of viruses that can lead to pneumonia or diarrhea.
Olivia Paregol may have been particularly vulnerable to the disease because she suffered from Crohn’s disease, per WJLA. Adenovirus is particularly dangerous for people with chronic diseases and compromised immune systems. The children in the New Jersey facility were also suffering from other medical conditions.
Ian Paregol failed the university to fail to test his daughter for the disease, despite knowing that another student had contrasted the virus.
“I was told that there were two students with the virus when I called to find out what my daughter had, meaning they knew it for my daughter,” says Paregol to WJLA.
David McBride, Head of University Health Center, said in a statement that the school had learned an “isolated case” of a student with a strain of adenovirus on November 1 and that five other students had later been diagnosed. One of the students tested positive for adenovirus 7, McBride said. 19659002] McBride also stated that the school has taken precautionary measures since November 1 to limit disease spread, including increased cleaning of high-touch surfaces.  McBride asked students about health problems to be particularly vigilant when the disease is circulating and that all students should report that they experience symptoms of adenovirus within 48 hours.