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