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- n. See cold.
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- n. A very common, mild viral infection of the nose and throat, whose symptoms include sneezing, sniffling, a running or blocked nose, a sore throat, coughing and a headache.
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- n. a mild viral infection involving the nose and respiratory passages (but not the lungs)
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One of the reasons pertussis is so scary is that during its initial incubation period, its symptoms—low-grade fever, slight aches, mild cough—closely resemble those of other, relatively common illnesses, ranging from the common cold to the flu.
But it has only been with the help of more recent and sophisticated lab techniques that scientists have been capable of pinpointing how certain viruses, called enteroviruses, second only to the common cold as the most common cause of viral infections, incite some cases of type 1 diabetes.