U.Md. starts cleaning of housing buildings in fight against adenovirus

A Sept. 13, 2017 file photo of College Park. Signs says "Home of the University of Maryland". (WTOP/Dave Dildine)

WASHINGTON — As winter break continues for students at the University of Maryland, the school has expanded its cleaning practices, bringing in contractors to disinfect frequently touched surfaces inside campus dorms and apartments.

It’s part of an effort to prevent the spread of adenovirus. Students were told to clear frequently touched surfaces — bathrooms, kitchen areas and common living spaces — before leaving for break.

The cleaning process will continue through Jan. 18. University officials explained in an FAQ that they would  not move personal items to wipe frequently touched surfaces.

Students were able to opt out of the cleaning by filling out a form. Other public areas on campus have already been disinfected.

Almost 40 university students have been diagnosed with adenovirus since a freshman student died from complications of it in November.

Melissa Howell

Melissa Howell joined WTOP Radio in March 2018 and is excited to cover stories that matter across D.C., as well as in Maryland and Virginia. 

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