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University of Maryland Faced with Adenovirus Outbreak


One week after a freshman at the University of Maryland died from complications related to the adenovirus, the university reported the disease has affected three more students.

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Eighteen-year-old Olivia Paregol died on Nov. 18 at Johns Hopkins Hospital after being in and out of the hospital after developing a cough and then pneumonia earlier in the semester, according to The Baltimore Sun.

The three new cases occurred over Thanksgiving break and none has since required hospitalization, David McBride, director of UMD’s Health Center said.

Adenovirus has more than 50 strains and can cause common colds, fever, diarrhea, intestinal infections, neurological diseases and pneumonia. Serious illnesses derived from the virus are rare, but are more common for those with compromised immune systems, The Baltimore Sun reported.

The Maryland Department of Health, the Center for Disease Control, and the Prince George’s County Health Department are investigating the outbreak on campus.

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