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Adenoviruses are a group of common viruses that cause a range of illnesses. People with weakened immune systems are more likely to get very sick from an adenovirus infection, so if you are immunocompromised and develop a fever > 100 F, then you should seek care within 48 hours. Symptoms include: sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, diarrhea, fever, and/or pink eye.

Adenoviruses usually spread from infected people to others through close personal contact—such as touching or shaking hands, sharing cups, utensils, or vape pens, and airborne viruses from coughing or sneezing, or touching objects or surfaces with adenoviruses on them and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.

Tips to protect yourself and others from an adenovirus infection:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water
  • Don’t share cups, chapstick, utensils, or vape pens
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when sick
  • Cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, or cough or sneeze into your elbow

If you have symptoms and your condition worsens where you experience trouble breathing or cannot keep up with drinking fluids, see a provider immediately. If you are unsure of your condition, call UHS at 608-265-5600 (option 1) to speak to a nurse.