Influenza annually affects between three and five million people

Influenza annually affects between three and five million people, or up to 500,000 deaths worldwide. While most people recover in one to two weeks, others develop life-threatening diseases such as pneumonia or bronchitis. High – risk groups for seasonal influenza are very young and old, people with weakened immune systems and pregnant women . But during influenza pandemics, mortality may be significant in previously healthy young adults.

A common complication of flu infection is a secondary ‘super-infection ‘by bacteria, which increases the morbidity and mortality of the disease. Bacteria, which can synergy between influenza virus and the bacterial respiratory pathogens, influenza, by innate immunity to give observed that severe damage to the airways was an early event in the co-infected mice. Eventually leading to death. This underlines the need to fight for early antiviral and antibiotic treatment of serious diseases in human patients and highlights the importance of vaccination and effective hygiene measures secondary bacterial infections secondary bacterial infections during influenza infection. This new model is for further study sensible underlying mechanisms of severe disease from the interaction between from the interaction between influenza virus and bacteria, which can in many deaths during influenza pandemics and continues to be a significant clinical problem in susceptible individuals is caused. ‘currently ongoing studies suggest that this model may also be useful for identifying targets for the development of new therapeutic agents and strategies.

The findings are releases in the this week’s issue to the Proceedings of the Royal Society in W, a UK the Journal of Biology.