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Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2000 Oct;19(10 Suppl):S97-102.

Transmission of viral respiratory infections in the home.

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Department of Medicine Children's Hospital, Boston, MA 02115, USA.


Respiratory viruses in the home exploit multiple modes of transmission. RSV is transmitted primarily by contact with ill children and contaminated objects in the environment. Influenza appears to be spread mainly by airborne droplet nuclei. Despite many years of study, from the plains of Salisbury, to the hills of Virginia, to the collegiate environment of Madison, WI, the precise routes rhinovirus takes to inflict the misery of the common cold on a susceptible population remain controversial.

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