Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, February 29th, 2000
The theory that some infections in early childhood may prevent atopy (a predisposition to allergic reactions) has been hotly debated and the type of infections that may be involved is still unknown. Dr. Paolo Matricardi and colleagues in Rome investigated how exposure to foodborne and orefecal microbes (such as Helicobacter pylori and the hepatitis A virus) as opposed to airborne viruses (such as measles, mumps, and...
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