Parasitic worms and inflammatory diseases

  title={Parasitic worms and inflammatory diseases},
  author={Paola Zaccone and Zoltan T Fehervari and Jenny M. Phillips and David W. Dunne and Anne Cooke},
  journal={Parasite Immunology},
  pages={515 - 523}
The debate on whether infection precipitates or prevents autoimmunity remains a contentious one. Recently the suggestion that some unknown microbe can be at the origin of some chronic inflammatory diseases has been countered by accumulating evidence that decreasing infection rates might have an important role to play in the rising prevalence of autoimmune disorders. The 'Hygiene Hypothesis' was initially postulated to explain the inverse correlation between the incidence of infections and the… CONTINUE READING