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MI: MDHHS investigates Adenovirus-14 (2018)

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    MDHHS investigates adenovirus cases
    Sep 1, 2018
    Western U P Health Department release

    Public Health, Delta & Menominee Counties, Marquette County Health Department and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) are investigating a cluster of severe respiratory illnesses associated with adenovirus infection in individuals residing in Michigan?s central Upper Peninsula (U.P.). Currently, all six of the patients with confirmed adenovirus infection are adults who have been hospitalized, two of whom have received intensive care. Additional reports of illness are being investigated and laboratory testing is ongoing in order to more fully describe the virus that is causing illness.

    Adenovirus is a common cause of cold-like illnesses seen every year, but it can also result in a more serious illness, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. These more significant infections occur most frequently in those with immune compromising conditions or underlying respiratory disease...

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    Upper Michigan health officials investigating fatal Adenovirus
    By Shawn Householder |
    Posted: Thu 5:54 PM, Sep 27, 2018 |
    Updated: Thu 6:49 PM, Sep 27, 2018

    ESCANABA, Mich. (WLUC) - According to a recent release from the Delta & Menominee Counties Public Health Department, health officials across the Upper Peninsula are investigating several cases of severe respiratory illness which has turned fatal.

    Adenovirus is a common cold and flu-like illness that can sometimes cause more substantial issues like bronchitis and pneumonia.

    Doctor Terry Frankovich, Medical Director for four Upper Peninsula district health departments has been closely monitoring the adenovirus for several weeks now.

    "In August we were notified about a group of four cases of people who had been hospitalized with the virus initially," says Dr. Frankovich.

    Since then, the number of cases of adenovirus in the U.P. has more than doubled.

    "We basically have eleven cases under investigation. We have not had a new hospitalized case in over two weeks now, which is a good thing. But unfortunately we did have one death associated with the virus," Dr. Frankovich commented.

    No additional details on that fatality are available. However, we do know several patients that had been hospitalized with the virus had recently visited the Island Resort and Casino in Hannahville, Michigan...


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      Update on adenovirus in the U.P.
      Posted: Oct 18, 2018 02:59 PM EDT

      MICHIGAN -- Local public health would like to update residents on the cluster of adenovirus cases that have been seen in the central U.P. since mid-August of this year. As noted before, this virus is a very common cause of cold-like illness (occasionally with accompanying diarrhea) each year. Typically, healthcare providers do not even test for this virus because it is so common, usually self-limited and treatment is generally supportive i.e. fluids, rest, etc. There is no vaccine to prevent this viral infection.

      However, some strains of adenovirus can also cause more substantial illness, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. These more significant infections occur most frequently in those with immune-compromising conditions and underlying respiratory disease. Long erm tobacco use is a risk factor as well.

      At the outset of the adenovirus cluster, local lab testing identified cases in Delta, Menominee, and Marquette counties. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have been doing additional confirmatory testing on hospitalized patients and to date, none of the confirmed cases reside outside of Delta and Menominee counties.

      To date, there have been seven cases of adenovirus infections confirmed by the CDC. An additional four cases are awaiting confirmation (suspect cases). We are sorry to report that there have been two deaths amon the confirmed or suspected cases. In addition to hospitalized cases, out-patient testing has identified additional, milder cases.

      After nearly three weeks without any new hospitalized cases, two additional suspect cases have been identified. Although the time between when someone is exposed and when they develop symptoms can be up to two weeks, there may still be some adenovirus circulating in Delta and Menominee counties...


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        Health officials: New adenovirus cases decline in Upper Michigan
        By Andrew LaCombe |
        Posted: Tue 9:31 AM, Nov 20, 2018 |
        Updated: Tue 9:37 AM, Nov 20, 2018

        ESCANABA, Mich. (WLUC) - An emergence of adenovirus has quieted in Upper Michigan.

        Dr. Teresa Frankovich, the medical director for four U.P. health departments, said Tuesday morning that while there likely will be sporadic cases over the winter season, the emergence of new cases has clearly declined. Frankovich recently was part of a joint teleconference with MDHHS and the CDC to review the cluster of cases...

        ...At this time, U.P. health departments are monitoring for unusual presentations or deaths related to the adenovirus. There have been no new reports of virus-associated deaths since late October. [/B]There were three deaths in August through October...[/B]


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          Deadly adenovirus no longer in area
          Feb 9, 2019
          Jordan Beck
          Staff Writer

          ESCANABA ? A cluster of adenovirus cases which led to the deaths of three people in the area last fall is no longer active, Public Health, Delta and Menominee Counties (PHDM) Medical Director Dr. Teresa Frankovich said...

          ...In August 2018, PHDM was notified by U.P. Health System ? Marquette of multiple severe adenovirus cases in the area. In this cluster of cases, which primarily took place between August and October, 14 people from the counties of Delta, Menominee and Marquette required hospitalization, some of these people required intensive care and three people died of complications related to their infections.

          ?The strain of adenovirus involved in this instance was Adenovirus 14 and it has been known to cause more severe illness than most other strains, when it has occurred in other areas of the country,? Frankovich said. She is not aware of any previous clusters caused locally by this strain.

          Frankovich said serious adenovirus cases have been on the wane locally as of late.

          ?Fortunately, the number of new cases began to dwindle in mid to late October. Over the past couple of months there has been little to no activity related to adenovirus reported by area hospitals,? she said. There may still be milder cases occurring locally...