Letters A/H1N1 flu pandemic

Fever as nature’s engine?

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b3874 (Published 31 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3874
  1. Alan W Fowler, retired orthopaedic surgeon1
  1. 1Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan CF31 1QJ
  1. alan{at}awfowler.fsnet.co.uk

    Data suggest that the use of paracetamol to reduce the body temperature and alleviate the symptoms of flu is counterproductive.1 2

    Infectious organisms are adapted to the temperature of the part of the body they colonise. Rhinoviruses, which infect the cooler …

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