HealthDay News — An 18-year-old University of Maryland student has died from an adenovirus-related illness, and there have been reports of five other cases among students.
Recently, at least 11 children at a New Jersey rehab facility died of adenovirus-related illness, CBS News reported.
The University of Maryland student who died was identified as Olivia Paregol, who was in her first semester of college. The university’s health center said it learned of her illness on Nov. 1.
In a letter, the university said that “the testing of one specimen sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed adenovirus 7, a strain that may cause more severe illness,” CBS News reported. The letter said departments campus-wide began increased cleaning of surfaces early in November in response to the situation and warned students to be vigilant, particularly those with asthma or diabetes and those who have illnesses or take medications that weaken the immune system.