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Asthma may heighten flu risk and cause dangerous mutations – UQ News

A subtype of asthma in adults may cause higher susceptibility to influenza and could result in dangerous flu mutations.

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A subtype of asthma in adults may cause higher susceptibility to influenza and could result in dangerous flu mutations.
University of Queensland-led animal studies have found that paucigranulocytic asthma (PGA) – a non-allergic form of the condition – allows the flu virus to flourish in greater numbers in sufferers.
UQ PhD candidate Katina Hulme said this was due to the asthma’s suppression of the immune system.
“We were first tipped off about this during the 2009 swine flu pandemic,” Ms Hulme said.

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