What is a cold caused by?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Dr. Ronald Turner talks about what causes a cold.

    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: What causes a cold?

    Ronald Turner: Well, a cold is caused by viruses in general. It is caused by fairly large spectrum of different viruses. So, the majority of colds are caused by virus called Rhinovirus. But there are number of other virus families that can produce the same symptoms.