Adenovirus comes from a group of organisms that causes a myriad of diseases. Infection can range from asymptomatic to a more severe one, especially among extremes of age. It is a relatively large virus with 50 identified species that involves most of the organ systems starting from the eyes all through the excretory system. It has also been isolated from canine, bats, and foxes.
Adenoviruses are also found to survive outside the human host, which is responsible for their high level of infectivity. They are not susceptible to routine cleaning without the use of disinfectant, and viruses also stay long on commonly used surfaces such as cellphones, doorknobs, pools, and soles of the shoes.
An outbreak of the infection was recorded way back to 1977, affecting many individuals who used public swimming facilities.