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ATLANTA (AP) -- A mutated version of a common cold virus has caused 10 deaths in the last 18 months, U.S. health officials said Thursday.
Adenoviruses usually cause respiratory infections that aren't considered lethal. But a new variant has caused at least 140 illnesses in New York, Oregon, Washington and Texas, according to a report issued Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Earlier this year, hundreds of trainees at Lackland became ill with respiratory infections. Tests showed a variety of adenoviruses in the trainees, but at least 106 -- and probably more -- had the mutated form of Ad14, including five who ended up in an intensive care unit
The Ad14 form of adenovirus was first identified in 1955. In 1969, it was blamed for a rash of illnesses in military recruits stationed in Europe, but it's been detected rarely since then.
Originally posted by FredT
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An educated guess would lead me to believe that the new virus might be able to block interferon cytokine production, which would effectively negate the antioncogenic properties produced by Macrophages and Lymphocytes.