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Some Flu Patients May Pose Greater Risk to Healthcare Providers
Health Leaders Media

One in five flu patients exhales so much more of the airborne virus than other flu patients, that researchers are asking whether these “super emitters” pose a greater likelihood of transmitting the virus to the people near them.

Werner Bischoff, MD, assistant professor of infectious diseases at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC, and lead author of a study published in the Jan. 31 online edition of The Journal of Infectious Disease, told HealthLeaders Media that more research is needed before he can determine the potential threat that super emitters may present to healthcare providers.