What is Adenovirus? Know Symptoms, Causes, Prevention, Treatment As Respiratory Infection Cases Rise In Kolkata

West Bengal is witnessing a spike in Adenovirus cases as two children succumbed to suspected infection while several other children remain affected. As per reports, the deceased include a two-and-a-half-year-old girl and a 6-month old boy 

West Bengal
Adenovirus cases

Adenovirus are a group of viruses that can cause severe infection including respiratory, gastrointestinal and eye problems

What is Adenovirus?

West Bengal authorities have been vigilant about Adenovirus as the health officials have advised people to look out for flu-like symptoms

West Bengal issues
warning over Adenovirus 

Some of the common Adenovirus symptoms are fever, sore throat, acute bronchitis and in severe cases, Adenovirus can also lead to pneumonia and pink eye or conjunctivitis

Adenovirus symptoms 

Adenovirus can spread via respiratory droplets during sneezing, coughing or touching with infected hands, making it an air-borne disease. It can also spread via faeces 

How does Adenovirus

Adenovirus Precautions

Source: CDC, US

Here are a few simple steps to prevent the spread of Adenovirus:
Regularly wash your hands
- Avoid touching mouth, eyes or nose with unwashed hands

How to Prevent Getting

- Avoid close contact with those who are sick
- Patients must wear face masks, isolate themselves
- Keep yourself hydrated
- Contact a medical professional in case of encountering any symptoms

Source: CDC, US

As of February 18, 115 patients had been admitted with respiratory issues. Patients in ICU/HDU with respiratory problems - 22 (5 paediatric). Most adults are suffering from adenovirus, non-COVID coronavirus, influenza, parainfluenza, rhinovirus, pneumococcus & RSV, as per AMRI Hospitals

Adenovirus cases in India

As of now, there is no specific treatment for Adenovirus. Doctors are yet to discover an antiviral medication, hence they prescribe painkillers and general medication to tackle severe symptoms 

Adenovirus treatment
in India

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Adenoviruses can affect people of all ages, but as per certain reports, they're most common in children younger than 5 years old

Is Adenovirus more
common in children?

While there is no correlation determined between COVID-19 and Adenovirus, some kids in the US and other countries got infected with both the virus at the same time

Are COVID-19 and
Adenovirus co-related?

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