Abu Dhabi: Respiratory infections are common with the changing weather, and the UAE has seen a spate of them since the current flu season kicked off in September 2022.
Amid rising cases of adenovirus overseas, doctors have once again reminded residents that basic hygiene measures – like handwashing and covering coughs – are the best measures to protect oneself, coupled with an annual dose of the flu shot.
Although usually responsible for mild illnesses, adenovirus has sparked global alarm following a series of deaths in India. Speaking to Gulf News, doctors in the UAE said the viruses are actually rather common. They urged caution especially in high-risk groups of individuals, including children younger than five years, individuals above 65 years, pregnant women, people with chronic illnesses and people with immunodeficiencies.
They also called on people who are unwell to do their bit to protect themselves and the community.
“Adenoviruses are among the many viruses that cause infection when the weather changes, especially from December to February. But compared to other viruses, adenoviral infections can occur all year round. According to US-based studies, there are more than 50 types of Adenovirus and types 3, 4, 7 and 14 are associated with acute respiratory illness,” explained Dr Saheer Sainalabdeen, specialist pulmonologist at Medeor Hospital, Dubai.
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