Influenza viruses: Is there a preventive effect towards asthma?
Fachkreise According to the hygiene hypothesis, one major reason for asthma is the lack of bacterial contact early in life, which induces allergic TH2 immune responses. So far, a possible connection between respiratory tract viruses and the protection from development of asthma received less attention. An international team of researchers wanted to “dig deeper”. They evaluated the effect of prior influenza infection on the development of allergic asthma.1) MeinAllergiePortal Fachkreise interviewed lead investigator PD Dr. Chrysanthi Skevaki, Physician specialized in Microbiology, Virology and Infection Epidemiology and Laboratory Medicine, Research Group Leader, Institute of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiochemistry, Molecular Diagnostics at Philipps University Marburg.