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European swine flu may target immunocompromised

July 6, 2015

An Italian man who tested positive for swine flu may have contracted the virus in part because he was immunocompromised, according to a case study published in Emerging Infectious Diseases.

“Zoonotic influenza A infections in humans caused by swine influenza viruses (SIVs) have been infrequently reported in Europe, even though at least 19% of occupationally exposed humans, such as pig farmers, slaughterers, and veterinarians have SIV antibodies,” Fausto Baldanti, MD, of the virology and immunology department at Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo in Pavia, Italy, and colleagues wrote. “However, because the infection is clinically mild in most cases, its frequency might be underdiagnosed in humans.

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The Patient with Protozoan Illness

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