Three more students at the University of Maryland became ill with the adenovirus – less than a week after the school announced the death of a student of a deadly strain of the virus.
The director of the university's health center, David McBride, said none of the new cases required hospitalization, according to Fox 45.
"Please remember that adenoviruses are common causes of colds and are usually found in a significant number of people at this time of year," he said. "There are strains that can cause more serious diseases, but not every individual with an adenovirus infection will follow a complicated course."
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Olivia Paregol, an 18-year-old high school student, died on Nov. 18 after suffering from type 7 adenovirus. From Howard County, Maryland, Paregol died less than three weeks after school knew she had the disease.
As the school's health center announced its death on Tuesday, authorities revealed that five additional students were diagnosed with the virus as well, after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that one of the specimens sent to the laboratory was of type 7 of the disease. .
School students are increasingly worried that mold problems in campus dorms are linked to the virus. Paregol's roommate Jessica Thompson told CBS News that the two found mildew on their clothes and shoes in her dormitory in August, and believe the fungus made them sick.
"You can not sleep at night because the pillow is right next to the mold and you stay up all night coughing," Thompson said. "We have to go home on weekends and we would be totally at home, and we would go back and be sniffing, coughing and then having headaches."
After her roommates repeatedly alerted university staff, the pair – along with 500 other students – were moved to temporary housing while the school was working to clean the dorms, Thompson said.
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The same adenovirus strain was found in the center of a viral outbreak at a rehab center in Wanaque, New Jersey, which killed 11 children.
The adenovirus, of which there are more than 50 strains, is a common virus that poses little risk to healthy people but can cause different types of diseases depending on the strain. It can cause mild symptoms of cold or flu, and some strains also cause diarrhea and conjunctivitis.
Type 7, along with types 3 and 4, according to the CDC, is among the most potent types. It sometimes causes more serious respiratory illnesses, especially among those with weak immune systems.
Over the past decade, serious illness and death from adenovirus type 7 have been reported in the United States, according to the CDC, but it is unclear how many of them died.
Liam Quinn of Fox News contributed to this report.