Rhinovirus infection

Category: Illness or disabilities



Introduction and description


Rhinoviruses (from the Greek (gen.) "nose") are the most common viral infectious agents in humans and are the predominant cause of the common cold

Rhinovirus is a genus within the Picornaviridae family of viruses.  There are 99 recognized types of human rhinoviruses that differ according to their surface proteins (serotypes). They are lytic in nature and are among the smallest viruses, with diameters of about 30 nanometers. By comparison, other viruses, such as smallpox and vaccinia, are around 10 times larger at about 300 nanometers.

Rhinovirus infection proliferates in temperatures between 33–35 °C (91–95 °F), the temperatures found in the nose.

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