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Wisconsin state health officials report investigating multiple cases of adenovirus infection on college campuses around the state.


“Adenovirus infection is easily spread, which is why we tend to see it in places where large groups gather, like college dormitories and classrooms,” said State Health Officer Jeanne Ayers. “While symptoms vary, the virus can be especially hard on people with weakened immune systems or who have lung or heart problems.”

CDC says adenoviruses are common viruses that cause a range of illness. They can cause cold-like symptoms, sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, diarrhea, and pink eye (conjunctivitis). You can get an adenovirus infection at any age. People with weakened immune systems or existing respiratory or cardiac disease are more likely than others to get very sick from an adenovirus infection.

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There are a number of ways someone can get adenovirus, including:

  • Breathing in adenovirus from the air after someone with the infection has sneezed or coughed.
  • Touching or shaking hands with someone with the virus, then touching your hands to your mouth, nose, or eyes.
  • Touching surfaces like a door knob, counter top, or phone with the virus on it, then touching your hands to mouth, nose, or eyes.
  • Having contact with poop.
  • Having contact with water that has the virus in it, such as in a swimming pool.