March 4, 2010

Dry Air Causes Winter Flu Outbreaks

By Kelley Luckstein

It's one of the hallmarks of winter: The misery of being stuck in bed with the flu. Now, scientists are finally figuring out why the virus hits hardest in the wintertime and why some winters are worse than others…


People had recognized that there was seasonality to this, but nobody has really come up with a unifying explanation," said Gregory Poland, Director of the Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group in Rochester, Minn. Humidity, he said, "is likely is part of that unifying explanation."


Discovery News, by Emily Sohn, 3/3/2010

Tags: Dr. Poland, dry air, flu outbreaks, Infectious Diseases

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