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Asthma may influence the evolution of influenza virus, study shows

February 16, 2021


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 Ms Katina Hulme said this was due to the asthma’s suppression of the immune system.

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