What is included in patient education about adenovirus infections?

Updated: Apr 15, 2021
  • Author: Sandra G Gompf, MD, FACP, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Frequent hand hygiene with soap and water or sanitizers that specify coverage of adenoviruses and avoidance of towel and pillow sharing among household contacts of patients with conjunctivitis is helpful.

Children should be taught to perform frequent hand hygiene, especially once entering group care and educational settings. The effectiveness of education should not be underestimated. Studies have shown that provision of soap and promotional materials about hand hygiene reduces illness by 40-50% in developing nations impacted by childhood diarrhea. [8, 9]

Patients should be advised of the contagiousness and possible long-term ocular sequelae of ophthalmologic disease.


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