Three more students at the University of Maryland have been sickened by the adenovirus – less than a week after…
Three more students at the University of Maryland have been sickened by the adenovirus – less than a week after the school announced a student died from a fatal strain of the virus.
University Hospital Director David McBride said that none of the new cases required hospitalization according to Fox 45.
“Remember that adenoviruses are common causes of cold and are usually found in significant numbers of people at this time of year,” he said. “There are strains that can cause more serious disease, but not every individual with an adenovirus infection will follow a complicated course.”
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND STUDENT DIES FROM ADENOVIRUS, 5 OTHER SICK, SCHOOL SOLD [1
9659003] Olivia Paregol, an 18-year-old beginner at the school, died November 18 after suffering from the type 7 adenovirus. From Howard County, Maryland, Paregol died less than three weeks after school’s learning that she had the disease.
When the school’s health center announced its death on Tuesday, officials revealed that another five students had been diagnosed with the virus. After Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed one of the samples they sent to their lab was Type 7 of the disease.
School students are increasingly concerned that mold problems in campus dorms can be linked to the virus. Paregol’s room mate, Jessica Thompson, told CBS News that the two discovered molds on their clothes and shoes in their dormitory in August and think the fungus made them sick.
“You can not sleep at night because the pillow is right next to mold and you’re up all night and coughing,” said Thompson. “We have to go home on weekends and we would be very nice at home and we would come back and should sniffing and coughing and then having headaches. “
When the roommates repeatedly warned university officials, with about 500 other students, moved to temporary homes while the school worked to clean the dorms, said Thompson.
PEOPLE STUDENTS FEAR MOLD IN DORMS ADDRESSED TO ADENOVIRUS DEATH OF UNIVERSITY MARYLAND FRESHMAN
The same strain of adenovirus was found to be at the heart of a virus outbreak at a rehabilitation center in Wanaque, New Jersey, which has died 11 children.
The adenovirus containing more than 50 strains are a common virus that causes little risk to healthy people but can cause different types of disease depending on the load. This may cause a mild cold or flu symptoms, and some strains also cause diarrhea and pinkeye.
Type 7, along with types 3 and 4, according to CDC, are among the most potent types. It sometimes causes more serious respiratory diseases, especially among those with weak immune systems.
Over the last decade, serious disease and death from type 7 adenovirus have been reported in the United States according to the CDC, but it is unclear how many have died from it.
Fox News Liam Quinn contributed to this report.