Does viral interference affect spread of influenza?

Euro Surveill. 2009 Oct 8;14(40):19354.


This short communication hypothesises that rhinovirus epidemics occurring after start of school may interfere with the spread of influenza during the period when warm and humid climate decreases the influenza spread by aerosol. Limited laboratory data supporting this hypothesis are included in the article, but the report is written mainly to stimulate interest and research concerning the possibility that viral interaction may affect influenza epidemiology.

MeSH terms

  • Disease Outbreaks / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Influenza A Virus, H1N1 Subtype / physiology*
  • Influenza, Human / epidemiology*
  • Influenza, Human / virology*
  • Models, Biological*
  • Viral Interference / physiology*