Bengal health authorities have been asked to be vigilant after the state recently recorded a big spike in adenovirus cases.

 

About adenovirus

  • Adenoviruses are a group of viruses that can cause mild to severe infections throughout your body.
  • They can cause a wide range of illnesses, such as the common cold, fever, sore throat, acute bronchitis, pneumonia, pink eye, and acute gastroenteritis.
  • There are many different types of adenoviruses, so that people can get infected more than once.
  • Adenovirus infections occur throughout the year, but they tend to peak in the winter and early spring.
  • Adenoviruses can affect people of all ages, but they are most common in children younger than 5 years old.
  • Most adenovirus infections are mild, but they can be more severe in people with weakened immune systems or existing respiratory or cardiac disease.

 

Transmission modes

  • Adenoviruses are very contagious.¬†They can spread from an infected individual to others via close contacts, such as touching or shaking hands.
  • Infected particles can also transfer through coughing and sneezing.
  • Faecal material can spread the infection via contaminated water, dirty diapers, and poor¬†hand washing.

 

Treatment

  • There is currently no specific course of treatment or approved antiviral medication.
  • Some medications with proper rest are advised to control the symptoms.