Killer Cold Virus Infection: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 7/27/2020

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

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

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References
Jameson, J. Larry, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 20th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2018.