How Contagious Is The Adenovirus?
Posted by Robert Strong
Adenovirus is a very highly contagious virus that is spread easily through areas of dense population such as schools, day care facilities, public transit, and office buildings. However, there are precautions one can take to help avoid the risk of coming into contact with the virus. More details are provided below.
How Is Adenovirus Spread?
The different types of the virus can be spread in various ways. Respiratory and intestinal infections can be spread through contaminated droplets in the air (coughing, sneezing) as well as through fecal matter. As is the case with other infections spread through human contact (like the common cold and influenza), you can greatly reduce your risk by washing your hands thoroughly before eating. Common courtesy also applies if you are sick. Covering your sneeze with your arm and coughing into your arm can help to stop the spread of germs to other people.
If you have children then it is imperative to make sure that they wash their hands frequently and that they avoid touching their eyes, nose, and moth whenever possible. The virus can be spread through indirect contact via furniture, toys, and holding hands.
The symptoms of adenovirus can sometimes take up to two weeks to manifest, though symptoms can be seen in as little as two days. It is important to remember that the virus can live outside of the body for a considerable amount of time. The use of hand sanitizers is also recommended when water and soap are not available to clean the hands.
More Information On The Transmission
Adenovirus cells are very stable against chemical and physical agents and solutions. Adverse Ph conditions also prove to not affect the adenovirus thus enabling a prolonged life expectancy outside the body and outside of water. Droplets of water can spread the virus quite easily. Fecal transmission can also occur if proper hygiene is not observed. Changing a baby's diaper who has the virus can easily spread the contaminant to other persons. Improperly washed foods and improper food handling techniques are also a common method for transmission of the virus.
Adenovirus Serotype 14 is a serovar of adenovirus and differs from other forms of adenovirus in that it can be quite fatal. Ad14 as it is commonly refered to as, is a very rare but emerging virus that can quite often cause severe respiratory infection and death. While quite rare (only 10 cases have proven fatal in the United States since 2006) it is important to take precautions against transmission where possible.