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A complicated case of adenovirus

By: Jennifer Schieferle Uhlenbrock, DNP, MBA, RN, TCRN

Immunocompromised patients are at risk for serious complications.


  • Adenovirus, which typically presents as a febrile respiratory illness for 1 week, is most commonly found in infants, children, and immunocompromised individuals.
  • Adenovirus can be transmitted via the direct fecal-oral route, aerosolized droplets, or exposure to infected tissue or blood.
  • Current recommendations to prevent the spread of adenovirus include frequent handwashing with soap and water, avoiding touching mucous membranes with unwashed hands, and limiting close contact with people who are ill.
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