Infectious Agent: 

NAME: Adenovirus types 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7
SYNONYM OR CROSS REFERENCE: ARD, acute respiratory disease, pharyngoconjunctival fever
CHARACTERISTICS: Adenoviridae; non-enveloped, icosahedral virions, 70-90 nm diameter, doubled-stranded, linear DNA genome.

Health Hazard: 

PATHOGENICITY: Varies in clinical manifestation and severity; symptoms include fever, rhinitis, pharyngitis, tonsillitis, cough and conjunctivitis; common cause of nonstreptococcal exudative pharyngitis among children under 3 years; more severe diseases include laryngitis, croup, bronchiolitis, or severe pneumonia; a syndrome of pharyngitis and conjunctivitis (pharyngoconjunctival fever) is associated with adenovirus infection
EPIDEMIOLOGY: Worldwide; seasonal in temperate regions, with highest incidences in the fall, winter and early spring; in tropical areas, infections are common in the wet and colder weather; annual incidence is particularly high in children; adenovirus types 4 and 7 are common among military recruits (ARD)
INFECTIOUS DOSE: >150 plaque forming units when given intranasally
MODE OF TRANSMISSION: Directly by oral contact and droplet spread; indirectly by handkerchiefs, eating utensils and other articles freshly soiled with respiratory discharge of an infected person; outbreaks have been related to swimming pools; possible spread through the fecal-oral route
COMMUNICABILITY: Shortly prior to and for the duration of the active disease




DRUG SUSCEPTIBILITY: No specific antiviral available; cidofovir has shown promise in the treatment of adenoviral ocular infections.
SUSCEPTIBILITY TO DISINFECTANTS: Susceptible to 1% sodium hypochlorite, 2% glutaraldehyde, 0.25% sodium dodecyl sulfate
PHYSICAL INACTIVATION: Sensitive to heat>56°C; unusually stable to chemical or physical agents and adverse pH conditions
SURVIVAL OUTSIDE HOST: Resistance to chemical and physical agents allows for prolonged survival outside of the body. Adenovirus type 3 survived up to 10 days on paper under ambient conditions; adenovirus type 2 survived from 3-8 weeks on environmental surfaces at room temperature


SURVEILLANCE: Monitor for symptoms; confirm by serological analysis
FIRST AID/TREATMENT: Mainly supportive therapy
IMMUNIZATION: Vaccine available for adenovirus types 4 and 7 (used for military recruits)
PROPHYLAXIS: None available

Laboratory Hazards: 

LABORATORY-ACQUIRED INFECTIONS: Ten cases documented up to 1988
SOURCES/SPECIMENS: Respiratory secretions
PRIMARY HAZARDS: Ingestion; droplet exposure of the mucous membrane
SPECIAL HAZARDS: Contact with feces from infected animals

Handling Information: 

SPILLS: Allow aerosols to settle; wearing protective clothing gently cover the spill with absorbent paper towel and apply 1% sodium hypochlorite starting at the perimeter and working towards the centre; allow sufficient contact time (30 min) before clean up
DISPOSAL: Decontaminate all wastes before disposal; steam sterilization, incineration, chemical disinfection
STORAGE: In sealed containers that are appropriately labelled

Miscellaneous Information: 

Date prepared: Created in December 2010-  largely modified from protocols derived from the NIH, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and other related literature.
Prepared by: Michael McManus, PhD, UCSF
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