The University of Maryland has confirmed a total of 35 cases of students who have tested positive for Adenovirus, according to a letter sent to campus yesterday by Dr. David McBride, director of the University Health Center.
The Centers for Disease Control has confirmed 10 of the 35 cases as Adenovirus 7, a strain that can cause more serious illness. No students are currently hospitalized; one student died as a result of an Adenovirus-related illness on Nov. 18.
To help prevent the spread of cold, flu and other viruses on campus, Residential Facilities will do a deep cleaning of the residence halls from Jan. 7–18, including disinfecting frequently touched surfaces in students’ rooms.
McBride urged students as they head home for winter break to take precautions to stay healthy and stop the spread of illnesses. His advice included:
Find resources and updates about Adenovirus on the University Health Center website. Students living on campus can find instructions provided by the Departments of Resident Life and Residential Facilities to prepare for the cleaning of residence halls.
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