Protect our children from Adenovirus infections

Diseases caused by adenoviruses that are commonly experienced by children can be transmitted rapidly. Those who are infected are strongly advised to not first enter the school or go to public places.  

Protect our children from Adenovirus infections
Protect our children from Adenovirus infections

An adenovirus is a group of viruses that can cause infections of the eyes, intestines, lungs, and airway. At least, there are about 40 types of adenoviruses that have been recognized and potentially to easily scatter anybody. Because, this virus can live a long time on the surface of objects.

Adenovirus induced disease

Here are some diseases caused by adenovirus:

Respiratory diseases with fever (febrile respiratory disease)

The symptoms of this flu-like disease are the most common adenovirus infections in children. Other symptoms that may arise include pharyngitis, cough, rhinitis and swelling of the lymph nodes. In some cases, the disease also causes the middle ear infection (otitis media).

Lower respiratory tract disorders

Adenovirus infections can cause lower respiratory tract diseases, such as pneumonia, whooping cough, or bronchiolitis. Although rare, this condition can trigger a fatal health disorder for babies.


Adenovirus infections can cause gastroenteritis, which is inflammation of the stomach, colon and small. Symptoms of gastroenteritis can be diarrhea, fever, vomiting, stomach cramps and headaches.

Urinary tract Infections

Adenovirus infections can cause urinary tract infections (UTIS). Symptoms of urinary tract infections include frequent urination and flavoured pain during urination. Cystitis is a type of urinary tract infection caused by an adenovirus infection. This woman's often experienced urinary tract infection is characterized by a dark, smelling urine color.

Eye infections

An adenovirus that affects the eye can cause inflammation of the outer layer of the eye and the inner lining of the eyelid (conjunctiva) or conjunctivitis (pinkeye). Red eyes and eye discharge are common symptoms of sufferers. Another type of eye infection is faringokonjungtival fever, which is when the respiratory tract is also infected. While keratokonjungtivitis occurs when the cornea is also infected.

Adenoviruses rarely end to death, but generally this infection can be serious if it occurs in infants or people experiencing impaired immune systems. In people with heart or respiratory disorders, the risk of getting severe illness will be greater when infected with adenovirus.

Protecting the child from Adenovirus infection

Infection of the adenovirus is transmitted from one person to another through cough, sneezing, or fecal contamination. In order to avoid transmission of this infection, here are the ways that other people can do and others who are still healthy:

Cover the mouth and nose by hand or cloth when coughing and sneezing.
Wash your hands before eating and after urination, and before processing food. Also wash hands after making contact with common means, such as touching the opening handle of the minimarket door or holding on the train or bus.
Teach the children to always wash their hands before eating. They can be infected if they play with their infected friends.

Avoid consuming food that has been made by flies.

Patients with adenoviruses should not go to school or work. It should also avoid using public facilities, such as swimming in public pools, because adenoviruses cause pinkeye to spread through water. This is why chlorine is needed in swimming pools to prevent transmission.
Avoid rubbing your eyes, mouth, or nose with a clean, unwashed hand.

Diarrhea due to adenovirus may subsides in about two weeks. Some other diseases, such as pneumonia, can take up to four weeks. To keep in mind, antibiotic medications can not deal with viral infections. Therefore, it is best not to use drugs carelessly.

Symptoms of adenovirus infection in each child may vary depending on which part of the body is infected. Immediately check the child to the doctor if he/she is experiencing breathing disorders, dehydration, prolonged fever, worsening symptoms after a week, as well as the increasingly severe red eyes and swelling. Symptoms of an unwieldy Adenovirus infection that occurs in infants under three months, should immediately be evaluated by a physician.

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