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A new study in mice shows that oral antibiotics can increase susceptibility to Flavivirus infections. By depleting the microbiota - including 'good' bacteria in the gut - antibiotics appear to reduce protection against viral infection.
If the findings hold true in humans, it may be yet another reason to limit the inappropriate use of antibiotics - particularly in dengue-endemic areas.
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