Adenovirus Infection, Adult

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Adenovirus Infection, Adult

Adenoviruses are common viruses that cause many different types of infections. The viruses usually affect the lungs, but they can also affect other parts of the body, including the eyes, stomach, bowels, bladder, and brain. The most common type of adenovirus infection is the common cold.

Adenovirus infections are usually not severe unless you have another health problem that makes it hard for your body to fight off infection.

You can get this condition if you:

Touch a surface or object that has an adenovirus on it and then touch your mouth, nose, or eyes with unwashed hands.

Come into close physical contact with an infected person, such as by hugging or shaking hands.

Breathe in droplets that fly through the air when an infected person talks, coughs, or sneezes.
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Swim in a pool that does not have enough chlorine.

Adenoviruses can live outside the body for many weeks. They spread easily from person to person.

This condition is more likely to develop in:

People who spend a lot of time in places where there are many people, such as schools, summer camps, daycare centers, and community and military recruit training centers.

Elderly adults.

People with a weak immune system.

People with a lung disease.

People with a heart condition.


Adenovirus infections usually cause flu-like symptoms. Once the virus gets into the body, symptoms of this condition can take up to 14 days to develop. Symptoms may include:


Stiff neck.

Sleepiness or fatigue.

Confusion or disorientation.


Sore throat.


Trouble breathing.

Runny nose or congestion.

Pink eye

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