How many different kinds of cold are there?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Dr. Ronald Turner talks about how many different kinds of colds there are.

    Dr. Ronald Turner

    Ronald Turner, MD, is Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Dean for Clinical Research at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Turner earned his MD degree from Southern Illinois University and did his training in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Columbus Children’s Hospital (Ohio State University) and the University of Virginia. He subsequently served in faculty positions at the University of Utah and the Medical University of South Carolina. In addition to his administrative role at the University of Virginia, Dr. Turner has clinical care and teaching responsibilities in General Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases. His research interests are directed at the pathogenesis and treatment of viral respiratory infections.

    Host: How many different kinds of colds are there?

    Ronald Turner: Well, there is only one kind of colds in the sense that the cold symptoms complexes essentially what we described as the symptoms that are associated with this disease. That symptom complex can be caused by a very large number of different viral pathogens. So, there are about a hundred different Rhinoviruses that are known, influenza virus of course can cause colds and it changes every year. So, there is an infinite number of different potential influenza viruses, 50 or so Adenoviruses, RSV, Parainfluenza. So, there are lot of different viruses the can cause that symptom complex.