The role of viral infections in exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma.

@article{Hewitt2016TheRO,
  title={The role of viral infections in exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma.},
  author={Richard Jonathan David Hewitt and Hugo A. Farne and Andrew I. Ritchie and Emma Luke and Sebastian L Johnston and Patrick Mallia},
  journal={Therapeutic advances in respiratory disease},
  year={2016},
  volume={10 2},
  pages={158-74}
}
Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are major causes of global morbidity and mortality worldwide. The clinical course of both asthma and COPD are punctuated by the occurrence of exacerbations, acute events characterized by increased symptoms and airflow obstruction. Exacerbations contribute most of the morbidity, mortality and excess healthcare costs associated with both asthma and COPD. COPD and asthma exacerbations are frequently associated with respiratory virus… CONTINUE READING

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