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What causes viral throat infection?

Viral throat infection is caused by tiny organisms that attack the cells of the respiratory system in the human body. Once inside the cell, the virus tries to control the cell and keeps it from functioning normally. As the cell malfunctions and dies, the virus is spread to other cells, causing symptoms of a sore throat. Viral throat infections are usually spread through the mouth or nose by kissing, sneezing, coughing, or direct contact with shared objects. A viral throat infection may be connected to a viral infection of other organs, such as the lungs.

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How is viral throat infection diagnosed?
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