A killer cold virus infection is a term that refers to an infection with adenovirus type 14, which has been termed the killer cold virus. Infections caused by this virus have resulted in an unusually large number of hospitalizations and deaths compared to typical cold viruses.
Symptoms and signs of adenovirus 14 infection are typical for those of a common cold and include
- runny nose,
- nasal congestion,
- cough, and
- mild fever.
These last for about 3-5 days. While most people recover fully, up to about 40% of those infected may need hospitalization due to severe pneumonia and shortness of breath (dyspnea). Other complications can include eye, bladder, and GI problems.
Causes of a killer cold virus infection
Infection with adenovirus type 14 causes a killer cold virus infection.
Other killer cold virus infection symptoms and signs
- Mild Fever
- Nasal Congestion
- Runny Nose
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Examples of Medications for Killer Cold Virus Infection Symptoms and Signs
- acetaminophen rectal
- cidofovir - injection, Vistide
- gotu kola
- guaifenesin and dextromethorphan hydrobromide
- Mucinex DM (guaifenesin and dextromethorphan hydrobromide)
- oxymetazoline intranasal
- pau d’arco
- pectin oropharyngeal
- phenylephrine nasal
- ribavirin, Rebetol, Copegus, Ribasphere, RibaPak, Moderiba
- Side Effects of Claritin D (loratadine/pseudoephedrine)
- Side Effects of Mucinex DM (guaifenesin and dextromethorphan hydrobromide)
- Zinc for Colds: Lozenges & Nasal Sprays
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