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Other flu-like viruses most common now

Posted Dec 27 2009 12:04am

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Swine flu has captured the attention of the media and public, yet it may be the many “other” viruses that are actually causing the most havoc this chilly holiday season.  Rhinovirues, the major group which can be attributed to many cases of sinus like infection, sore throat and fever is the leader among all viruses identified this season by far.  All are advised in addition to the H1N1 vaccine, they should seek out and receive the annual seasonal flu shot as soon as possible.  Immunization can reduce not only your discomfort but will go a long way toward limiting the spread of these ubiquitous infections (viruses) . . .

Several flu-like viruses are more common than usual this flu season in the United States, adding to the misery and confusion caused by H1N1 swine flu, one lab company said on Tuesday. Kansas City, Missouri-based ViraCor Laboratories found that only 6% of the samples it was sent tested positive for influenza A virus. Tests by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show virtually all influenza now circulating is H1N1 swine flu. survey by ViraCor that shows the most common virus is rhinovirus. Others much less common viruses include metapneumovirus, respiratory syncytial virus, parainfluenza virus, and adenovirus.  The rest include a range of flu-like viruses, each caused by a distinct germ but all causing similar symptoms. By far the most common is rhinovirus, one of the so-called common cold viruses, the testing company found.

Other viruses abound in U.S. flu season, tests show –

ViraCor-IBT Laboratories Launches Comprehensive Influenza and Respiratory Virus Testing Service – PDF/r%20-%20influenza%20and%20respiratory%20virus%20testing%20f


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