WHAT IS ADENOVIRUS?
Adenovirus is a common viral infection that most often infects the airways and causes cold-like symptoms, laryngitis, bronchitis or the croup. Some types may cause intestinal infections with diarrhea. Adenovirus can survive for a long time on objects. In addition, Adenoviruses are also part of the non-enveloped virus family, and as such, are an important representative claim for disinfectants that will be used when caring for Ebola Virus Disease patients.
FAST FACTS ABOUT ADENOVIRUSES:
- More than 50 different types can cause infections in humans
- Commonly cause respiratory illnesses
- Typical infections caused include gastroenteritis, conjunctivitis, cystitis, and sometimes neurological disease
- Spread from infected people to others through:
- Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands,
- The air by coughing and sneezing
- Touching objects or surfaces with adenoviruses on them then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes
- Infants and people with weakened immune systems are at high risk for developing severe illness when infected with Adenovirus infection
- Adenoviruses are resistant to many common disinfectants and can remain infectious for long periods on environmental surfaces and medical instruments
- Hand Hygiene: Wash hands frequently using soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub when soap and water are not available
- Personal Protective Equipment: Use personal protective equipment, such as gloves
- Surface Disinfection: Use an EPA registered, healthcare grade disinfectant with efficacy claims against adenoviruses.
- The Adenovirus type 5 claim was recently added to the Sani-Cloth® AF3 Germicidal Disposable Wipes master label.Click here to learn more.