According Georgia State University, lactic acid bacteria can offer protection against different subtypes of influenza A virus, resulting in reduced weight loss after virus infection and lower amounts of virus replication in the lungs. Lactic acid bacteria is commonly used as probiotics to improve digestive health. Although vaccines for seasonal influenza viruses are readily available, influenza virus infections cause three to five million life-threatening illnesses and 250,000 to 500,000 deaths worldwide during epidemics. This study investigated the antiviral protective effects of a heat-killed strain of lactic acid bacteria, Lactobacillus casei DK128 (DK128), a promising probiotic isolated from fermented vegetables, on influenza viruses.
I found this article interesting because this could impact a farmer’s animals. This could create a less change of illness to the animal and provide good health. It was also interesting because the mutation of lactic acid bacteria could reduce the chances of adults developing worst symptoms. I would not mine weight loss after the virus but it is nteresting how they came up with something that could offer potential modifiable target to reduce risk.
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