Transmission route of rhinovirus type 39 in a monodispersed airborne aerosol

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2010 Aug;31(8):857-9. doi: 10.1086/655022.


The common cold affects millions of people. Unfortunately, it remains unknown whether cold viruses enter the respiratory tract only through the nose and mouth or whether they can also enter through the tear ducts. Transocular exposure to an airborne infectious dose of human rhinovirus did not lead to infection.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aerosols*
  • Air Microbiology*
  • Common Cold / transmission*
  • Common Cold / virology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mouth / virology
  • Nasolacrimal Duct / virology*
  • Nose / virology
  • Rhinovirus / isolation & purification*


  • Aerosols