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Influenza (Research)

Volume 887: debated on Tuesday 25 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what studies have been undertaken by her Department on the relationship between the incidence of influenza and the levels of relative humidity.

None at present, but past research has shown some statistical evidence linking an increase in emergency bed bureau admissions for respiratory infections with a fall in relative humidity. Laboratory work has also shown that influenza viruses grow better in low relative humidity than high.