The human adenoviruses consist of 51 serotypes. They cause a wide variety of illnesses including upper respiratory tract infections, conjunctivitis (eye infection), bladder infections, pneumonia, encephalitis, and gastroenteritis. They have also been implicated in heart disease and obesity. Adenovirus infections can be devastating among the immunocompromised (organ transplant, cancer, and AIDS patients), resulting in high mortality rates. Recreational water outbreaks of adenoviruses have been associated with eye, throat, and respiratory infections from pools that lack adequate levels of disinfection. Adenoviruses have been isolated from wastewater, rivers, and drinking water and are capable of prolonged survival in water. © 2008

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Public Health
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780123739605
StatePublished - 2008


  • Adenovirus
  • Diseases
  • Immunocompromised
  • Occurrence in water
  • Outbreaks
  • Properties
  • Recreational water outbreaks
  • Respiratory infections
  • Survival
  • Swimming pools

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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