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Study: Obese Individuals Shed Flu Virus Longer

Sadie Witkowski

August 3, 2018

VOA NEWS - A new study finds obese adults spread the influenza virus longer than non-obese individuals.

In a study conducted in Managua, Nicaragua, obese adults spread the influenza virus for significantly longer than non-obese individuals. The findings have significant ramifications, given that worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975, according to the World Health Organization.

Nikhil Dhurandhar, chair of nutritional sciences at Texas Tech University, cautions that further research is needed. He told VOA that scientists still don't understand how much the duration of viral shedding is linked to infection rates.

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