Author(s): Sakudo A, Baba K, Ikuta K
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Human influenza A and B viruses cause severe seasonal respiratory tract infections, especially in infants and young children. Influenza A and B viruses have been reported to produce different symptoms and/or severity in infected patients, although these remain inconclusive.
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In this study, non-invasive visible and near-infrared (Vis-NIR) spectroscopy was used for comparative analysis of the inflammatory response to influenza A and B virus infections, by measuring changes in water peak (970 nm) spectra collected from patient nasal mucosal regions.
The results suggested that infection with influenza B virus induced more severe inflammatory responses in the nasal mucosal region than influenza A virus.
This article was published in J Clin Virol
and referenced in Clinical Microbiology: Open Access