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What is an Adenovirus infection?
Adenoviruses are a group of viruses that typically cause respiratory or intestinal illnesses. They are common and highly contagious. Most adenovirus infections are mild.
Types of Adenovirus infections
In addition to the common cold, bronchitis and infections in the intestinal tract, an adenovirus can include:
What causes an Adenovirus infection?
Adenoviruses are contagious, which means you child can pass them on to other children. The type of infection determines how it spreads.
Are adenoviruses common?
This group of infections is very common. In fact, most children have had at least one form of the infection by the age of 10. Some of the viruses pop up in certain times of year and in certain age groups.
What are the symptoms of an Adenovirus infection?
Most adenovirus infections are mild with few symptoms. While each child may experience symptoms differently, the most common include:
Are there complications of an adenovirus?
While not common, there are some complications that can be caused by an adenovirus. They include:
Can I prevent my child from catching an Adenovirus infection?
The best way to avoid getting an adenovirus is by frequently washing your hands and your child's hands. If your child is in the hospital, health care workers will wear special apparel, such as gowns and gloves, when they enter your child's room to avoid spreading any infections.
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