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Common cold can be surprisingly dangerous for transplant patients

Study shows typically ‘mild’ respiratory virus can turn into deadly pneumonia in this vulnerable population, points to need for effective meds, better prevention

March 7, 2017 | By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

The common cold is a major source of annoyance for most of us, but new research has found that for bone marrow transplant patients, this most common respiratory infection can be far worse than just a stuffy nose.

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When a cold can kill: Cancer, transplant patients at risk from ordinary viral infections

Flu shots, hand hygiene and a healthy fear of public germs can help keep them safe during recovery, experts say

Oct. 21, 2014 | By JoNel Aleccia / Fred Hutch News Service

Ordinary viral infections can pose an extraordinary risk to people with compromised immune systems. From the germs that cause influenza to those that trigger the common cold, respiratory viruses can cause severe illness, costly complications and even death in patients already battling disease.

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