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- Adenovirus 14 (Ad14) facts
- What is the killer cold virus?
- Is Adenovirus 14 contagious?
- How is Adenovirus 14 transmitted?
- What are risk factors for an Adenovirus 14 infection?
- What is the incubation period for an Adenovirus 14 infection?
- What is the contagious period for an Adenovirus 14 infection?
- How long does it take to get over an Adenovirus 14 infection?
- What are symptoms and signs of an Adenovirus 14 infection?
- How do health care professionals diagnose an Adenovirus 14 infection?
- What is the treatment for an Adenovirus 14 (Ad14) infection?
- What are complications of an Adenovirus 14 infection?
- What is the prognosis for an Adenovirus 14 (Ad14) infection?
- Is it possible to prevent an Adenovirus 14 infection?
- Is there an Adenovirus 14 vaccine?
- Where can people get more information about the killer cold virus (Adenovirus 14)?
Is Adenovirus 14 contagious?
Yes, Ad14 is contagious person to person. Usually, an individual becomes infected with Ad14 through person-to-person exposure via droplets containing Ad14 expelled by an infected person who coughs or sneezes. When these droplets reach the eyes, nose, or mouth, the Ad14 virus can attach and infect cells. These infected sites allow the virus to proliferate in some patients, and the virus then may go on to infect other organ systems, especially the lungs.
How is Adenovirus 14 transmitted?
The virus is usually transmitted by droplets produced by coughing or sneezing. Ad14 also can be passed through direct hand-to-hand contact if an infected patient has not washed their hands after coughing or sneezing. Adenoviruses can survive for days on objects like doorknobs, hand rails, and other objects. If a non-infected person touches the contaminated item, they can pick up the virus and then transfer it to a site (mouth, nose, eyes) where the virus can infect cells and proliferate.
What are risk factors for an Adenovirus 14 infection?
Risk factors include crowded living conditions like schools, day care facilities, dorms or barracks, lack of hand-washing, utilization of public transit, and close association with an infected individual. Immunosuppressed people may be at increased risk.
What is the incubation period for an Adenovirus 14 infection?
The incubation period (time from infection to showing symptoms) is variable and ranges from about two days to two weeks with about a five- to eight-day average.