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Link between asthma and increased risk of bacterial complications

The New England Journal of Medicine has reported findings that there is evidence of an association between asthma and complications from a bacterium that can cause pneumonia. This bacterium, Streptococcus pneumoniae, is also known to cause other infections such as ear infection, lung infection or pneumonia, blood stream infection, sinus infection and meningitis. Researchers claim that the risk of complications from the bacterial infection is three times higher in people with high-risk asthma. This is causing increasing concern because the worldwide incidence of asthma has increased by 60% since the early 1980’s with 100 to 150 million sufferers worldwide. The results showed that the episodes of infection was 4.2 episodes per 10,000 population of high-risk asthmatics, 2.3 episodes per 10,000 low-risk asthmatics and 1.2 episodes per 10,000 people without asthma. Researchers want discussion into the viability of providing pneumococcal vaccinations for asthmatics.

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About: Link between asthma and increased risk of bacterial complications

Date: 18 May 2005

Source: Web MD Health

Author: Miranda Hitti

URL: http://my.webmd.com/content/article/106/108091.htm

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