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Does viral throat infection affect children differently than adults?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Viral throat infection is much more common in children than adults because many adults have developed antibodies from previous infections. Although anyone can be infected with a virus that causes a cold or influenza, the human body will develop antibodies to viruses to resist later infection. Epstein-Barr virus often occurs in children but becomes much more complicated and leads to infectious mononucleosis in teenagers and young adults. Cytomegalovirus, which may infect a person of any age, can be dangerous to an unborn child if the mother is infected. Babies born after a mother is infected with cytomegalovirus have an increased risk of developing vision and hearing problems.

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