Summer colds

  • Fae Farrer Amayeza Information Centre
Keywords: Summer flu, common cold, viral infection, upper airways


The common cold is a viral infection of the upper airways. Colds can be caused by over 200 different viruses. Some of these viruses are more prevalent in cold, dry months i.e. winter, while others are more prevalent in the warmer months of summer.1,2 Rhinoviruses are the most common viruses to infect people. These viruses survive well in cold weather and are responsible for many of the colds experienced in winter. In the warmer weather, however, it is the non-polio enteroviruses which may cause most summer colds. The enteroviruses are the second most common group of viruses to infect people.2,3,4 There are more than 60 types of non-polio enteroviruses.3,4

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Fae Farrer, Amayeza Information Centre
Colds and Flu