College Park Freshman Dies of Adenovirus, Fives Others Diagnosed

College Park Freshman Dies of Adenovirus, Fives Others Diagnosed

Olivia Paregol was diagnosed with pneumonia on November 9, according to the Baltimore Sun, and after her condition deteriorated she was admitted to the intensive care unit.

"She definitely appeared to be getting sicker and sicker", Ian Paregol, her father, told WJLA. He said his daughter was only tested for the disease after finding out that other students had been diagnosed.

"Adenoviruses are common causes of colds, but there are strains that can cause more serious illness".

Adenovirus 7 is "most commonly associated with acute respiratory disease", according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, people with weakened immune systems have a higher risk of severe disease, and they may remain contagious long after they recover, according to the CDC.

University Health Center director David McBride reportedly said they had been working with the Maryland Department of Health and the Prince George's County Health Department to identify other cases.

In a letter released Tuesday, the university acknowledged her death and revealed that five other students have also been infected with the adenovirus this month. "It was the worst nightmare that a family or certainly a parent can have to endure", Paregol said.

"If they would have known a week earlier, I think there would have been a different result", Paregol said.

Generally, U-Md. stated, treatment for adenovirus illnesses includes rest, fluids and medication to reduce fever. He urged the campus community, especially people with chronic medical conditions, to take preventive measures to protect from the virus. It said vigilance was critical for those with incessant therapeutic issues, for example, asthma, diabetes, or sicknesses that lower the immune system or for those taking medicine that debilitates the immune system.

The 11th child in the New Jersey Adenovirus outbreak died on November 19, 2018.

The virus - which causes colds and pneumonia - has killed 11 students at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in New Jersey to date. The disease is part of a group of viruses that can lead to pneumonia or diarrhea.

Officials at the state's health department said that the facility "has been instructed not to admit any new patients until the outbreak ends and they are in full compliance", NorthJersey.com reported.

"Unfortunately, the particular strain of adenovirus (7) in this outbreak is affecting medically fragile children with severely compromised immune systems", the department said to Pix11. Given the similar symptoms, adenovirus infections are often mistaken for the flu.

The most common way that adenoviruses spread is through close personal contact-like touching, coughing, sneezing, or shaking hands-or by touching a contaminated surface and then touching one's mouth, nose, or eyes.

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