noun[mass noun] Medicine
A disease caused by any of a group of viruses which resemble the influenza viruses.
- Respiratory syncytial virus, parainfluenza, influenza, and adenovirus accounted for 21 CARV infections.
- In addition, illnesses with other etiologies such as parainfluenza, respiratory syncytial virus, adenovirus, allergies, and bacterial pneumonia can have symptoms similar to those of influenza.
- One of these viruses, parainfluenza, infects almost all children before they reach the age of 5, causing illnesses ranging from colds to pneumonia.
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