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Influenza or Adenovirus?

By Sergio Rivera
Managing Editor

NBC News reported on Jan. 30, that Adenovirus can cause very severe flu-like symptoms.

According to the CDC website, Adenovirus can cause a wide range of symptoms, such as common cold, sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, diarrhea, pink eye (conjunctivitis), fever, bladder inflammation or infection, inflammation of stomach and intestines (gastroenteritis) or neurologic diseases.

NBC News said, “There was also the case of a 26-year- old Connecticut man infected in 2011 who had nausea, vomiting and chills. He spent days in the hospital with adenovirus infection.”

“As with many viruses, there’s not a good treatment for adenovirus, although the antiviral

cidofovir has helped some people with severe infections,” said NBC News.

According to the CDC website, adenovirus is transmitted by close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands, the air by coughing and sneezing or touching an object or surface with adenoviruses on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands. “…adenoviruses are very hard to kill,” said NBC News.

NBC News said, “Reports indicate they can survive on plastic and metal surfaces— think countertops and hospital tables— for a month.”

“Adenovirus is not the killer that influenza is,” said NBC News, “Influenza kills 12,000 to 50,000 people a year in the United States alone and puts up to 700,000 in the hospital.”

The CDC recommends washing your hands often with soap and water, covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, avoiding touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands, avoiding close contact with people who are sick, and staying home when you are sick.

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