Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Common Cold

Respiratory rhinovirus infection characterized by sneezing, sore throat, coughing, and inflammation of nasal tissues. Caused by any of more than 100 RNA rhinoviruses, which are also found in chimps and gibbons. Many other viruses also precipitate colds. These viruses had a worldwide pre-Columbian distribution.

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