The most common form of adenoviral infection in kids is febrile respiratory disease, an infection of the respiratory tract. It includes fever and can appear as flu, including sore throat, congestion, runny nose, cough and swollen lymph nodes. This respiratory infection can lead to infection of the middle ear known as acute otitis media.
The lower respiratory tract can also become involved. If this occurs, croup, bronchiolitis, viral pneumonia, or even a dry harsh cough which resembles whooping cough, can result.
Another way adenoviral infection can affect people is through gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the small intestines, large intestines and stomach. The symptoms associated with gastroenteritis include vomiting, headache, fever, abdominal cramps and watery diarrhea. Urinary tract infections can cause blood in the urine, frequent urination, and burning pain.
Eye infections can be mild or serious and require immediate medical care. Conjunctivitis (or pinkeye) is inflammation of the conjunctiva.