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The CDC observes an outbreak of adenovirus that killed a student at the University of Maryland

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

Olivia Paregol, 18, died on November 18, according to an obituary. She was a freshman in college and died after suffering respiratory symptoms typical of the virus, her father, Ian Paregol, told local television stations and 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 in a long-term care facility in New Jersey.

The CDC said it is analyzing other patient samples. Neither the CDC nor the Maryland health department said if it was adenovirus 7 that killed Paregol.

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