Are influenza A and B infections that different?

Conclusions: Influenza A and B were equally prevalent. Patients had globally similar characteristics. Patients with influenza A virus infection were more often hospital-admitted and oseltamivir treated; however in-hospital and medium-term mortality rates were not significantly different. Influenza B virus infections can be just as severe as influenza A virus infections.
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Respiratory infections Source Type: research

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