That Summer Cold

A lingering summer cold, cough and not feeling well may be due to adenovirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports outbreaks of adenovirus infection are common and can make you sick. Adenovirus outbreaks are common in late winter, spring and early summer. They also can occur anytime of the year. Different strains of the virus (types 3, 4 and 7) are associated with acute respiratory illness.

Adenoviruses can cause fever, diarrhea, pink eye (conjunctivitis), bladder infection (cystitis), a rash illness and more.

CDC advises health professionals and doctors to consider adenoviruses as possible causes of severe pneumonia and outbreaks of pneumonia when the source is unknown and report outbreaks of severe respiratory disease caused by adenovirus to state or local health departments.

Adenovirus is contagious and is spread through touching or shaking hands, touching objects or surfaces with adenovirus and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes. It’s also spread in the air by coughing and sneezing. For us, the infection may have come from being in a large crowd of people recently and could last 3 more weeks, our University of South Florida doctor says.

CDC advises protecting yourself and others from adenovirus infections by washing your hands with soap and water often, as you would to prevent catching a cold or flu.
Covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
Not touching your eyes, nose or mouth and avoiding close contact with infected people.

It also helps to stay at home when you’re sick.

For more on adenoviruses, go to http://www.cdc.gov/adenovirus

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