Adenoviruses are those that typically cause respiratory illnesses – the common cold, conjunctivitis (eye infection), bronchitis, or pneumonia. These viruses are most active in late winter, spring and early summer. Intestinal tract infections can occur year-round. Those particularly at risk: children, seniors, those with compromised immune systems, or chronic health conditions.
- Respiratory infections begin by coming in contact with
infectious material from another individual or object. Viruses can survive for
long periods on doorknobs, surfaces, toys, and the telephone.’
- Intestinal tract infections usually occur due to poor handwashing or by eating contaminated food, water, or other beverages.
- Children may develop respiratory tract infections 2-14
days after exposure.
- Intestinal tract infections may develop 3-10 days
- Common indicators: sudden onset of watery diarrhea; runny nose, sore throat, fever, abdominal tenderness, severe cough, vomiting, swollen lymph nodes, headache.
- There is no cure for adenovirus infections. Treatment
is focused on relieving symptoms associated with the infection. Because this
is a viral infection, antibiotics are not prescribed.
- Increase fluid intake – water, in particular.
- Bronchodilator medications to open up airways.
- Supplemental oxygen if needed.
- Blood work to measure electrolyte levels.
Source: Centers for Disease Control