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Adenovirus infection Causes & Risks


Adenoviruses are often the cause of the common cold . They also cause a number of other types of infections. Adenoviruses can be spread through:

  • Being exposed to a sneeze or cough of an infected person
  • Being exposed to fecal contamination (eg, water supplies, poor hygiene)
  • Eating food contaminated by houseflies
  • Person-to-person contact
  • Handling an object that was exposed to an infected person
  • Swimming in lakes or pools

Risk Factors

The following factor is thought to increase the risk of developing an adenovirus infection:

  • Age: childhood, especially young children

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2023 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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