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Childhood severe acute respiratory syndrome, coronavirus infections and asthma.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Pediatric allergy and immunology : official publication of the European Society of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
Publication Date
Volume
15
Issue
3
Pages
206–209
Identifiers
PMID: 15209951
Source
Medline

Abstract

Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a new infectious disease caused by a novel coronavirus. Children appear to be less susceptible to the SARS coronavirus, although the other non-SARS coronaviruses can cause respiratory infections in adults and in children of all ages. The exact reasons as to why SARS preferentially affects adults, and not children, are still unknown. Many hypotheses exist and need to be explored. During the outbreak of SARS, there did not appear to be an increase in asthma exacerbations in children.

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