Adenovirus: The Not So Common Cold

When is the common cold virus not so common?

The common cold is caused by Adenovirus. Adenoviruses cause a range of mild to severe illness depending on the virus type. Illnesses include;


*Sore throat



*Pink eye, bladder and GI infections as well as fever and runny nose.

These symptoms can last up to 10 days. Adenovirus infection can spread from person to person through the air (sneezing/coughing) and by personal contact. It can spread through an infected person’s stool, for example, during diaper changing.

People with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of developing severe illness. Adenovirus 7 and 4 are known to have caused severe outbreaks of respiratory illness among military recruits. Recently we have seen Adenovirus 7 outbreaks in dormitories.

There is no treatment available for Adenovirus and, to date no vaccine available except for U.S. military personnel usage.

 You can protect yourself and others by following these steps:

 Wash your hands often with soap and water

Avoid touching your eye, nose and mouth with unwashed hands

Avoid close contact with people who are sick

Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing

Don’t share cups or eating utensils with others

*Frequent hand-washing is especially important in childcare and healthcare facilities*

Remember Adenoviruses are resistant to many common disinfectant products and can remain infectious for long periods on surfaces and objects.

For more information on Adenoviruses go to CDC.Gov


This information is not a substitute for medical advice nor is it intended as such. If you have questions about your health please contact our offices, or 911 in case of an emergency.