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Student dies after cases of Adenovirus surface at UMD

Posted at 7:16 PM, Nov 20, 2018

A University of Maryland student has died from an Adenovirus-associated illness.

On Tuesday, the Director of the University Health Center, David McBride sent a letter informing students on campus of the news.

The student has been identified as 18-year-old Olivia Paregol.

In the letter, McBride says the University learned of an isolated case of a student with Adenovirus on November 1.

Since then there have been reports of five additional confirmed cases of students with Adenovirus related illnesses. The latest instance was on November 19, when the University was made aware of a specimen sent to the CDC that tested positive for Adenovirus 7, a strain that could cause more severe illness.

The University says it's closely monitoring the situation in coordination with county and state health agencies.

Adenoviruses are said to be common causes of colds, but can lead to more serious illness.

McBride said treatment generally consists of rest, fluids and fever-reducing medication but emphasized vigilance in combating the illness, urging those with symptoms to visit a physician within 48 hours.