CDC watches adenovirus outbreak that killed University of Maryland student

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By Maggie Fox

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday it is helping investigate an outbreak of adenovirus that has killed one student at the University of Maryland and sickened at least five more.

Olivia Paregol, 18, died Nov. 18, according to an obituary. She was a freshman at the university and died after suffering respiratory symptoms typical of the virus, her father, Ian Paregol, told local television stations as well as the Baltimore Sun.

At least one of those affected by the outbreak was infected with adenovirus 7, a strain that can cause sometimes fatal pneumonia, the Maryland Department of Health said in a statement sent to NBC News. It is the same strain of adenovirus that has killed 11 patients at a long-term care facility in New Jersey.

The CDC said it is testing other specimens from the patients. Neither the CDC nor the Maryland health department said whether it was adenovirus 7 that killed Paregol.