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Rhinoviruses and Respiratory Enteroviruses: Not as Simple as ABC

University of Geneva Faculty of Medicine, 1 Rue Michel-Servet, 1205 Geneva, Switzerland
Laboratory of Virology, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Geneva Hospitals, 4 Rue Gabrielle Perret-Gentil, 1211 Geneva 14, Switzerland
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Academic Editor: George Belov
Viruses 2016, 8(1), 16;
Received: 27 October 2015 / Revised: 9 December 2015 / Accepted: 28 December 2015 / Published: 11 January 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Recent Progress in Enterovirus Research)
Rhinoviruses (RVs) and respiratory enteroviruses (EVs) are leading causes of upper respiratory tract infections and among the most frequent infectious agents in humans worldwide. Both are classified in the Enterovirus genus within the Picornaviridae family and they have been assigned to seven distinct species, RV-A, B, C and EV-A, B, C, D. As viral infections of public health significance, they represent an important financial burden on health systems worldwide. However, the lack of efficient antiviral treatment or vaccines against these highly prevalent pathogens prevents an effective management of RV-related diseases. Current advances in molecular diagnostic techniques have revealed the presence of RV in the lower respiratory tract and its role in lower airway diseases is increasingly reported. In addition to an established etiological role in the common cold, these viruses demonstrate an unexpected capacity to spread to other body sites under certain conditions. Some of these viruses have received particular attention recently, such as EV-D68 that caused a large outbreak of respiratory illness in 2014, respiratory EVs from species C, or viruses within the newly-discovered RV-C species. This review provides an update of the latest findings on clinical and fundamental aspects of RV and respiratory EV, including a summary of basic knowledge of their biology. View Full-Text
Keywords: rhinovirus; enterovirus; respiratory virus; common cold; pathogenesis; evolution rhinovirus; enterovirus; respiratory virus; common cold; pathogenesis; evolution
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Royston, L.; Tapparel, C. Rhinoviruses and Respiratory Enteroviruses: Not as Simple as ABC. Viruses 2016, 8, 16.

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