Three other students from the University of Maryland became sick because of the adenovirus – less than a week after the announcement of the death of a student of a strain. deadly virus.
Director of the University Health Center, David McBride, said that none of the new cases needed to be hospitalized, according to Fox 45.
"Do not forget that adenoviruses are common causes of colds and that they are normally found in a significant number of people at this time of year," he said. "Some strains can cause a more serious disease, but each individual infected with an adenovirus will not necessarily follow a complicated course."
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Olivia Paregol, a 18-year-old freshman from school, passed away on Nov. 18 from the adenovirus type 7 strain. From Howard County, Maryland, Paregol died less than three weeks after the school had learned that she was suffering from the disease.
When the school's health center announced its death last Tuesday, officials revealed that the virus had also been diagnosed in five other students, after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that it had been diagnosed. one of the specimens sent to the laboratory was type 7 of the disease.
School students are increasingly concerned that mold problems in university residences are related to the virus. Paregol roommate Jessica Thompson told CBS News that the two men had found mold on their clothes and shoes in their dorm in August, and believed the fungus had made them sick.
"You can not sleep at night because the pillow is right next to the mold and you're up all night to cough," Thompson said. "We had to go home on weekends and everything would be fine at home. We would come back and sniff and cough, then we would have headaches. "
After the roommates repeatedly alerted university officials, the couple – along with about 500 other students – were transferred to temporary housing while the school was working to clean the dormitories, Thompson said.
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The same strain of adenovirus has been found to be at the center of a viral outbreak in a rehabilitation center in Wanaque, New Jersey, which killed 11 children.
The adenovirus, which has more than 50 strains, is a common virus that presents little risk to healthy people, but can cause different types of diseases, depending on the strain. It can cause mild symptoms of colds or flu, and some strains also cause diarrhea and pinkeyes.
Type 7, with types 3 and 4, according to the CDC, is among the most powerful types. It sometimes causes more serious respiratory diseases, especially in people whose immune system is weakened.
In the last decade, cases of serious illness and death from adenovirus type 7 have been reported in the United States, according to the CDC, but the number of people who died from it has n? is not clear.
Liam Quinn of Fox News contributed to this report.