Outbreak: 22 Cases of Adenovirus Reported at University of Maryland After Freshman Olivia Paregol's Death - NBC4 Washington

Outbreak: 22 Cases of Adenovirus Reported at University of Maryland After Freshman Olivia Paregol's Death

The Adenovirus 7 strain, associated with acute respiratory disease, was found by the CDC



    'Most Amazing Person': UMD Remembers Student Killed by Virus

    University of Maryland students are remembering Olivia Paregol, a freshman who died of complications from adenovirus. The virus is now an outbreak at the school, health officials say. News4's Tracee Wilkins reports. 

    (Published Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018)

    What to Know

    • University of Maryland freshman Olivia Paregol died November 18 of adenovirus complications.

    • Health officials now say they are dealing with an outbreak of the virus, which has symptoms that can be confused with those of a cold.

    • Nasal spray tests confirmed at least 22 students were sickened.

    At least 22 students at the University of Maryland were sickened by a strain of Adenovirus that killed one freshman at the school.

    Medical experts now say the university is dealing with an outbreak of adenovirus, which has symptoms similar to those of a cold, including a sore throat, fever or pink eye.

    The school says officials used a nasal test, the most reliable test available, to tally the number of cases. Several students got sick in early November and have since recovered, the university says.

    On Tuesday, the school said that nine cases of the virus had been confirmed. This figure includes the death of Olivia Paregol, who died of adenovirus complications on Nov. 18.

    UMD Student Dies From Adenovirus Complications

    [DC] UMD Student Dies From Adenovirus Complications

    A freshman at the University of Maryland died after contracting the adenovirus. Darcy Spencer reports her family believes mold may have played a role in her death.

    (Published Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018)

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state and the county all are addressing the virus, said Prince George's County Deputy Health Officer Dr. Ernest Carter.

    "We're working with the University of Maryland, the CDC and the state to make sure that we identify the strains, understand how it is spreading and make sure we are getting the word out," he said.

    Adenoviruses are common viruses that can cause a range of illnesses, according to the CDC. The virus can pose serious complications to people with weakened immune systems, respiratory issues or cardiac disease.

    According to university officials, the CDC tested five specimens and four were confirmed as Adenovirus 7, which is associated with acute respiratory disease. Another sample came back inconclusive and will be tested again, the school says.

    Adenovirus is typically spread from an infected person to others through close personal contact such touching or shaking hands; through the air by coughing and sneezing; or by touching an object or surface with adenoviruses on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands.

    UMD is advising students and staff members to be conscientious about hygiene.

    UMD Student Dies of Adenovirus

    UMD Student Dies of Adenovirus

    A University of Maryland student recently died of the same type of illness that killed 11 medically compromised children at a health center in New Jersey. News4's Doreen Gentzler has breaking details. 

    (Published Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018)

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