Skip to comments.News in Brief: Gene variant makes flu particularly dangerous
Posted on 01/29/2013 11:57:18 AM PST by neverdem
People with one form of IFITM3 more likely to develop pneumonia
Chinese people carrying a particular version of an immune system gene are up to six times more likely to develop severe influenza than those lacking the variant. In a previous study involving mostly people of European descent, scientists found that a few individuals carried a particular form of a gene known as IFITM3 and got hit especially hard by the flu. In China, the variant is much more common...
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It's a FReebie. This is a primary pneumonia from influenza A H1N1/09 virus, not a secondary bacterial pneumonia.
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Thanks- will read this tomorrow.
I just flew in, and boy, are my arms tired!
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