by Amy Scholten, MPH
Adenovirus is a common virus that can cause:
These infections can be more serious in those with weak immune systems. Examples are people with AIDS or organ transplants.
Adenoviruses pass from person to person. People get infected from:
These infections are common in children. Other things that raise the risk are:
Adenoviruses can infect the:
Symptoms depend on where the infection is. They may include:
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done.
A sample of body fluids may be taken and tested, such as:
People with weak immune systems may need other tests.
There are no specific treatments for adenoviruses. The infections usually end on their own. People with severe infections may need supportive care.
Adenovirus may be prevented by:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Healthy Children—American Academy of Pediatrics
About Kids Health—The Hospital for Sick Children
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Last reviewed March 2021 by David L. Horn, MD, FACP
Last Updated: 3/19/2021