10 Adenovirus Symptoms

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Symptom #2: Diarrhea

Diarrhea can be defined as having at least three loose bowel movements a day. It can last several days, resulting in dehydration. Some signs and symptoms of dehydration include loss of skin turgor, dry mucous membranes, decreased urination, tachycardia, and more.

The most common cause of diarrhea is an infection due to viruses, parasites, or bacteria. In these cases, the transmission is usually from contaminated food or water. However, noninfectious causes of diarrhea also exist (i.e. celiac disease, lactose intolerance, irritable bowel syndrome). Adenovirus is one of the viral pathogens that can cause diarrhea. Most commonly, serotypes 40 and 41 can cause acute inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract (gastroenteritis). It is a common cause of watery diarrhea and fever in infants (i.e. daycare), that usually lasts no more than one to two weeks. However, it is less common than rotavirus infection in infants and it can also affect adults.


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