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One month after death of Olivia Paregol, University of Maryland confirms 40 more cases of adenovirus

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One month after the death of a University of Maryland freshman who succumbed to an adenovirus, 40 more students have tested positive for the potentially fatal illness.

One student at the College Park campus is getting treatment at a local hospital, reported Baltimore TV station WJZ.

The university said it plans to scour frequently touched surfaces in the campus residence halls over the extended winter break.

The alarming report of stricken students comes in the wake of the Nov. 18 death of Olivia Paregol, whose parents claim the university never tested her for adenoviruses. She was admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital but died on Nov. 18.

The university’s health center said it’s working with students and professors to help in any potential delays and extensions for final exams.

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In November, Olivia’s parents believed that moldy campus conditions might have been the cause of her decline.

“There should have been greater disclosure and transparency about the existence of the mold,” Olivia’s father, Ian Paregol, said a week after his daughter’s death. “It was just kind of brushed off — ‘Oh, we’re going to clean it. Don’t worry.’”

Adenovirusus are a family of viruses that account for about 5% to 10% of fevers in young children. A person can become infected with adenovirus regardless of age and it causes various illnesses, from mild to severe such as pinkeye, sore throat, bronchitis, bladder inflammation or infection, inflammation of stomach and intestines and even neurological diseases.


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