University of Maryland Student Dies of Adenovirus and 5 Others Test Positive

University of Maryland Student Dies of Adenovirus and 5 Others Test Positive

University of Maryland Student Dies of Adenovirus and 5 Others Test Positive

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.

Paregol, a freshman, lived in a dormitory on the university's campus, her father Ian Paregol told WJLA. He said his daughter was one of numerous students who became ill. "The vast majority of adenovirus infections result in the common cold and don't merit much worry".

"Adenovirus is something that has always been around and always caused respiratory infections - nothing has changed", said infectious disease expert Amesh A. Adalja, of the John's Hopkins Center for Health Security. "They recommend anyone with chronic medical problems such as asthma, diabetes, or illnesses that lower your immune system or take medicine that lowers their immune system remain vigilant", the statement continued.

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

David McBride, director of the university's health center, said in a statement that the school had learned of an "isolated case" of a student with a strain of adenovirus on November 1, and that five other students had later been diagnosed.

The University of Maryland said in a tweet November 20 that the death was an isolated case. "It is the worst nightmare a family, or certainly a parent, can have to endure". Her father told FOX 5's Evan Lambert that he has concerns about what the university knew when other students got sick and if that information could have helped treat his daughter before she died.

"Her issue was she could not get enough oxygen through her lungs", he said, according to Fox5. "Over the past couple of weeks we have shared guidance on preventive measures our community should take during this flu and virus season and we urge our community to follow these guidelines", the university said in a statement. Doctors usually recommend rest, plenty of fluids, and over-the-counter medications to relieve symptoms like pain and fever.

Paregol's death comes after 11 children in New Jersey died due to the disease.

The virus - which causes colds and pneumonia - has killed 11 students at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in New Jersey to date. It has proven deadly in cases of those with compromised immune systems.

"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.

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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