Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Risk factors identified little-known lung infection

According to a report presented at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine Severe states that at times the fatal lung disease occurred due to bacteria of same family of tuberculosis can lead to injurious infections. The research also states that the older people are at a higher risk. The study is published in online journal PLOS ONE. This not much known lung infection Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) might infect the lungs when inhaled though it is not contagious but can spread. This infection is very much treatable the antibiotic therapy is quite expensive and time consuming. The lead author of the researcher, Dr. Mehdi Mirsaeidi, UIC pulmonary and critical care fellow explains, “There have been some studies suggesting that lung infections caused by NTM have been increasing in North America, especially in people aged 50 years or older. We wanted to know more about exactly who is most at risk for acquiring NTM and dying from it, so that we could develop strategies for preventing infection.”

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