There have been 43 cases among students since a U.Md. freshman died from adenovirus complications in November. Contractors have cleaned 4,600 campus residences over winter break — and students are being advised to help prevent further infection.
WASHINGTON — As students prepare to head back to class next week, health officials at the University of Maryland on emphasized the importance of prevention when it comes to adenovirus Wednesday.
Students are advised to wash their hands, cover coughs and stay away from others when sick.
The university has been following all guidelines to keep students safe, said Angela Crankfield-Edmond of the Prince George’s County Health Department.
She encouraged students to get flu shots.
“The main thing we’re both trying to emphasize is prevention,” Crankfield-Edmond said.
To help prevent the spread of adenovirus, contractors cleaned 4,600 campus dorms and apartments over the winter break, but about 600 students opted out of the cleaning.
“We didn’t want to force people into having their spaces clean, but we continue to give the message to all students that ongoing cleaning of their space … is an important part of ongoing prevention on campus,” said McBride.
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