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Secondary bacterial infections common with viruses

One hundred years ago, physicians treating infectious diseases would have been acutely aware of the danger of secondary bacterial infections after viral infection. As the 20th century wore on, a combination of increased specialization in health care research and the widespread use of penicillin created gaps in the understanding of the synergy between virus and bacteria. However, recent developments have brought viral–bacterial interactions back to the forefront of research in infectious diseases.

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