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U Md. Student dies of adenovirus; virus confirmed in five other students

A student at the University of Maryland died recently from an adenovirus-related disease, said the university on Tuesday. At least…

A student at the University of Maryland died recently from an adenovirus-related disease, said the university on Tuesday. At least 10 children have recently died in New Jersey after an outbreak of adenovirus at a health center there.

In a statement, U-Md. described the lethal infection as “an isolated case.” Get details about death could be learned. However, the statement, issued by Dr. David McBride, Campus Health Center Manager, said that for five months five reports have been reported on students with confirmed adenovirus-related disease.

Adenoviruses are common causes of colds, but some strains can cause more serious disease. On Monday, the statement said, U-Md. learned that a sample sent to the federal disease control and prevention centers showed adenovirus 7. It is one of the strains that can cause more serious problems. It was involved in New Jersey eruptions.

The university generally said that treatment of adenovirus diseases includes rest, fluids and medicine to reduce fever. Unfortunately, the university said that no specific medicine exists for adenovirus infection outside hospitals.

It was intended that vigilance was extremely important for those with chronic medical problems such as asthma, diabetes or diseases that lower the immune system or those taking medicines that reduce the immune system.

Symptoms listed by CDC included colds, throat and fever pain. U-Md. said they should not be ignored, and a doctor should be seen within 48 hours.

In addition to issuing the announcement and encouraging prevention, U-Md. said, campus departments began to intensify cleaning of “high-touch” surfaces at the beginning of this month.

In the New Jersey outbreak, health officials said the death was among adenovirus 7 cases at a nursing and rehabilitation center in Haskell, NJ

On its website, CDC recommended preventive measures that included frequent washing, avoidance of touched eyes, nose or mouth with untreated hands and avoid close contact with people who are ill.

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