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Co-Infections With Viruses and Bacteria Linked to Children’s Asthma and Cold Symptoms
NIAID-funded scientists have found that combined viral and bacterial infections are associated with the increase inasthma symptoms that many children experience during the fall. While infection with rhinovirus, which causes colds, is widely thought to be the main contributor to fall asthma attacks, this study suggests that bacterial infections also play a role. The findings, which appear in the May issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, could lead to development of new strategies to prevent and treat asthma.