Profiles on germs Intermountain is tracking in GermWatch
To determine the activity level for a specific germ (high, medium, or low) we compare the current trend in the number of cases of a given germ with trends from previous outbreaks. We also consider how contagious or serious the germ might be.
Adenovirus refers to a group of common viruses that mostly affect younger children.
Pertussis is a highly contagious illness that causes spells of uncontrollable coughing.
Human coronavirus refers to a group of viruses that cause the common cold around the world.
Chlamydophila pneumoniae can cause coughing and a sore throat.
Enterovirus includes several groups of viruses that mainly affect younger children.
Each year, seasonal flu infections cause a variety of symptoms that start suddenly.
The human Matapneumovirus (hMPV) virus usually causes mild cold-like symptoms but can lead to serious problems for babies and older people with chronic conditions.
Mycoplasma pneumoniae is a common cause of respiratory infections in school-age children and young adults.
Parainfluenza (PIV) refers to a group of 4 common viruses.
RSV is a common virus that causes infection in the lungs and breathing passages, often more serious in babies and small children.
Rhinovirus is the main culprit behind the common cold and usually starts with a runny nose, sore throat, and sneezing.
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