What is adenovirus?
Adenoviruses are a large group of viruses that can extensively infect animals as well as humans. They got this name from adenoids (blisters). There are at least seven types of adenoviruses. Two of these types have genetic variants. Just like we see in corona virus and other viruses. Adenovirus causes a person to suffer from mild illness most of the time. Some species of this virus cause respiratory diseases, including croup in children and infants.
The outbreak of severe hepatitis in children is known as the adenovirus subtype 41. So far at least 74 cases of this virus have been reported. In this, the patient suffers from many diseases. In children and adults with healthy immune systems, adenoviruses cause only little trouble, which can result in a disease within a week or two. Viral hepatitis infection caused by adenovirus was previously considered only a rare disease. Given the number of cases and the severity of the illness in children, scientists are urgently investigating the causes of the outbreak. Therefore, until scientists reach a conclusion, only speculation can be made about this serious infection of hepatitis.
(Sherrill Walter, Lecturer in Biomedical Science, University of Hull)