Doctors' clinics may be hotspots for transmitting infections

US study shows that patients who visit their GP at the same time as someone with a flu-like illness are more likely to return with a similar complaint

A study provides the "first evidence" that respiratory infections are passed on in doctor's waiting rooms, say US researchers.

Their study reports that patients who visit a GP clinic at the same time, or after someone, with a flu-like illness are more likely to return with a similar illness within two weeks.

They found a 38% increase in return visits for influenza-like illness by patients potentially exposed at a doctor's practice to infection. 

Theses patients were compared to those who

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