Health officials: New adenovirus cases decline in Upper Michigan

Published: Nov. 20, 2018 at 9:30 AM EST
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An emergence of adenovirus has quieted in Upper Michigan.

Dr. Teresa Frankovich, the medical director for four U.P. health departments, said Tuesday morning that while there likely will be sporadic cases over the winter season, the emergence of new cases has clearly declined. Frankovich recently was part of a joint teleconference with MDHHS and the CDC to review the cluster of cases

This virus is a very common cause of cold-like illness every year, but it can also cause more substantial illness, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. These more significant infections occur most frequently in those with immune compromising conditions or underlying respiratory disease.

At this time, U.P. health departments are monitoring for unusual presentations or deaths related to the adenovirus. There have been no new reports of virus-associated deaths since late October. There were three deaths in August through October.

Frankovich says prevention measures are the same as they are for the flu: stay home when ill, cover your cough and wash your hands frequently and before eating.