Adenovirus 14 - Signs and Symptoms

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What are symptoms and signs of an Adenovirus 14 infection?

Adenovirus 14 infections usually begin with cold symptoms such as a cough, "runny nose," and mild fever and possibly throat irritation. The majority of infected people have these symptoms for several days (about three to five days), and then the infection clears without any medical treatment. However, with some individuals, infection with the adenovirus 14 strain (and rarely a few other strains such as 3, 7, 21, 30) progresses past the three to five days, causing additional symptoms. These symptoms may include diarrhea, bronchitis, eye infections, bladder infection, rash, high fevers, pneumonia, and shortness of breath (dyspnea). Although infection with Ad14 has been found in a few isolated individuals, most recent outbreaks have occurred with groups of individuals living in close contact. For example, the 2007 outbreak occurred in a military installation in San Antonio, TX, while the 2008 outbreak was in a small community in Alaska. A group of individuals that appears very ill (require hospitalization) due to respiratory problems, and are likely due to a "virus," should make clinicians suspect Ad14 as a possible cause of infection.

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Comment from: aslana, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 25

My brother passed away from adenovirus 14 in April of 2008. He got sick and went to the doctor. He was told it was a viral infection, and to go home and rest. He went home, jumped in the shower and dropped dead. He was a healthy 50 year old man; only about 10 people contracted this and died in 2008 as far as I was told.

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Comment from: Janeke, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 16

My 3 year old was diagnosed with adenovirus and was hospitalized for 3 days after severe high fever for 7 days. The virus spread in her bladder, eyes, respiratory system and started to develop into meningitis. She was so ill, had not eaten for 5 days, was crying a lot and the fever was 39.9 at most times; no fever medication could reduce it. She has been placed on drip with aggressive antibiotics to help break down the virus.

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